Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Fracture

Three weeks ago, after picking Rayyan up from school, Hubby brought him to the playground as usual. There, Hubby noticed that Rayyan wasn't his usual self, he kept holding his hand and upon close scrutiny, Hubby discovered that his pinkie (left hand) was slightly swollen. When Hubby asked if it was painful, he will say PAIN! Hubby called Rayyan's school but the teachers told him that they didn't notice anything different that day, Rayyan didn't fall and they were not aware of any accidents happening earlier.

At night, we massaged his finger but the next day, the swollen became worse. We knew that something was not right and brought him to KKH. There, one of our worst nightmares came true. Rayyan fractured his finger and had to be in a cast. Hubby was the one who brought him to KKH and I am thankful to Hubby for handling it all alone.

We were afraid that Rayyan couldn't handle the fact that his hand would be in a cast and would protest strongly when the doc put on the cast but surprisingly, he was cooperative and didn't cry when the cast was put on. But he felt uncomfortable after that and kept requesting that we take off his cast. He would also keep pulling on his cast and it became loose after only three days and Hubby had to bring Rayyan to KKH to re-bandage his hand!

Rayyan had to be in cast for 3-4 weeks. After 2 weeks, Hubby brought him to KKH again to take off his old cast and put on a new one. That was chaotic!! After the cast was taken off, Rayyan was happy and thought that he was cast-free. When the nurses tried to apply a new cast, he went berserk! Screamed and cried at the top of his lungs!! And he continued to scream and cry even after Hubby left the room.  Hubby said that everybody was staring at him and Rayyan! Hubby was so stressed that he almost didn't make payment! 

After the screaming episode, I made the decision to follow Hubby for the third appointment, which was this morning. Not easy for me to apply for childcare leave but I'm glad my principal understood. Rayyan had an x-ray done and I kept praying that his finger has healed and luckily, it did!!!! Doc said the cast can be taken off for good!! Yippeee!!

Rayyan was still and quiet when the doc started to cut off his bandage. He then got impatient and kept tugging the bandage! Hubby had to hold his hand to prevent it from getting cut!

Here's our dear boy observing how the doc removed his bandage...

So Rayyan is finally cast-free!!! But he has not gotten used to the fact that the cast is no longer there. His hand movements are funny and he kept looking at his hand. But I'm sure he'll start climbing at the playground again pretty soon. I'm sure he misses the playground badly! This is definitely an unforgettable episode, one that we hope we will never have to go through again!!!!

Btw, we are still clueless on how his finger got hurt. Hubby was very, very sure that it happened in school but seriously, we do not blame the school. Rayyan can't tell when something bad happens, he can't tell the teachers when he's hurt and I'm sure that even if he cries in school, it's difficult for the teachers to pinpoint the cause. We are just glad that the school is willing to accept responsibility and pay the medical expenses. 

And lastly, I don't think that his peers bullied him because they have been so protective of him! The school has taught these kids well. They are empathetic and will always protect Rayyan.  When he came to school with the cast, Hubby was bombarded with never-ending questions. These kids even feed Rayyan during snack time!! Just watch this video and you'll know what I mean... :))