Just over two weeks ago, a little after lunch, I was sat opposite Mr G at the dining table painting one of my signs when he took a phone call. It was the school Matron.
All I could make out was "fell down the stairs" and "ambulance" and so as you can imagine I freaked a wee bit!!
It transpired that our youngest W had had a friend jump on him at the top of the stairs, they had tumbled down and the friend had landed on W's foot. Matron said that W couldn't weight bear and so did we want her to call an ambulance or would we collect W to take him to A&E?
Naturally, off we went to fetch him and soon we were at the local hospital and on our way to X-Ray, all of us saying "it'll just be sprained" as although it was painful for W to put weight on it, other than that it didn't really hurt and had minimal bruising and swelling.
So both we and and the medical staff were amazed to discover W had broken four out of five metatarsals!!
Apparently it's quite a spectacular break as usually only one or two bones fracture.
So, W had to have a plaster:
This one is actually his temporary cast, he now has a proper one in purple!!
W had ten days off school while we awaited the appointment for the proper cast and he returned last week. This has been somewhat unsuccessful as despite the school initially saying he could attend all the classes that were on the ground floor they've since changed their minds and are keeping him confined to a corner of huge library on his own due to "health and safety" *rollseyes*.
This means long periods where he has nothing to do as the teachers have not really been very organised at sorting out work for him, despite me telephoning every day to ask them not to leave him with nothing to do.
This morning we attended the fracture clinic to check all was still aligned properly - it is, but W is still not allowed to weight bear. I must confess that after half term I am inclined to keep him home and the teachers can send homework so at least he is not isolated with nothing to do for much of the day.
It's my belief that the main reason they want him in is because it'll skew the attendance figures if he has time off.
Luckily, W is a laid back and happy boy and throughout all this he has been very brave and chirpy.
Although, he's not much impressed that the cast may still be on on his birthday in a months time!!
Thanks for reading....