Monday, March 09, 2009

Baby Jackie's Bad Break

As some of you have already heard, on Saturday evening as Jessi was putting Jackie in the baby carrier Jackie arched her back and started to slip out of the carrier.  Jessi reached around and grabbed Jackie to stop her from falling to the ground, and then heard a pop.  Jackie was whimpering and did not want to crawl or move, so Jessi brought her to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation immediately.  They took some x-rays and determined that Jackie's left femur was broken.  It broke all of the way through at about a 45 degree angle mid-thigh, but it was not displaced.  They put her in a splint on Saturday.

It is tough because she doesn't understand what is going on, but at the same time she is smart and doesn't try to use her left leg.   She hasn't slept well since the accident and kind-of whimpers on and off during the night, but she is really tough and hasn't cried much at all.  She is such a sweet little girl.

We saw a pediatric orthopedic doctor at PAMF today.  The doctor was so great with the kids and was very reassuring.  Because the break was relatively high on the leg, Jackie's leg was not cast; instead she was placed in a brace that attaches across her chest and to each leg to keep her legs at approximately ninety degree angles.  Jessi actually wore the same type of brace for a year when she was a baby to treat her hip dysplasia.  If all goes well, then Jackie will be in hers for six weeks.

Thanks for all of the well wishes.  Jessi's brother is going to stay with us for a few days and help out, and Jonathan is avoiding work for at least a few days.

See below for some pics of our little princess.

Jackie with the brace (and her favorite baby doll).

Jackie with a splint (the day after the break).


Kris J. said...

my gracious, she's beautiful, leg casts and all! what a scary thing for y'all to have to go through!! so glad she's okay. :)

BenMc said...

Something very similar happened to our friends' baby just last summer. Same bone, same type of cast and everything. I can't believe how well she's taking it. Hopefully the six weeks will be over soon!

Elizabeth said...

aww, poor baby (and poor mama, too!) We'll be praying for you!

Sarah said...

Glad she's okay! She sure is a cutie :)

Rachael said...

Poor girl! It must be stressful for everyone. I am glad that she will be OK... before you know it, the sling will be off and everything will be back to normal. Babies grow so quickly (so much better than adults!!)

Elizabeth L. said...

Jessica - how scary that must have been. I'm so glad everything is turning out okay, and that she is still smiling! XOXO - Liz