Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jackson's Hand

Several weeks ago Jackson hurt his hand during the Dike-New Hartford JV football game on a Tuesday night. He got stepped on during the first half, but went on to play the rest of the game. He made several catches during the second half, had some great tackles, and some big runs as well.

After the game he told us his hand hurt, and it had started to swell. We took him to the office and shot some x-rays, but couldn't conclusively find any fractures. We decided to ice it and take some more pictures the next day. Same story the next day. The navicular bone looked suspicious, so we decided to have him see an orthopaedic doctor to get a second opinion. We needed to see his primary doc to get the referral to the ortho, but couldn't get in until late Wednesday afternoon. He gave us the referral, but we couldn't get in to the ortho until Friday morning. He shot some more x-rays, but still couldn't see if there was a fracture, so ordered a cat scan. We were able to go straight to the hospital and have the scan. His hand continued to be quite swollen.

Shannon got the results from the scan late Friday afternoon, with the diagnosis of a fractured 2nd metacarpal, which was a blessing because it is much less serious than a navicular fracture. Monday morning we went back to the ortho doc, and he casted Jack's hand. We went back a week later for another x-ray, which the doctor said "looked good", but I'm doubtful he could even see the fracture, since it didn't show up originally on an x-ray, and this time they were shooting through his cast, too. He's said Jack needed to keep the cast on another three weeks.

Jackson played his first game with the cast last week. He was wrapped up like a mummy, but it was better than standing on the sidelines passing out water bottles.

He only played defense, and did an okay job. He had one pass come directly at him, got both hands up to catch it, and --THUNK-- it bounced right off. At least he was able to break up the play, but it was frustrating to watch.

He's been begging us all week to take the cast off. It stinks like sweaty socks. It's itchy. The list of complaints goes on and on. We're still holding off on removing it.

I think there are still three weeks of JV football left. He's anxious to get back into the game.

"The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones healthy." Proverbs 15:30

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