Some weeks are uneventful and everything happens as normal. Other weeks—we kind of wish we could hit a “redo” button.
Wednesday afternoon Esther, Elijah and Mr. Diligence went up the hill across the road to move the goats’ fence. An hour later, I went into the house for a minute to grab a couple of tools to transplant seedlings. I stopped for a moment to grab a drink before going back out, and the phone rang. It was Esther. She asked me to grab her car and come up the hill to pick Mr. Diligence up because he had cut his leg with a machete. I got up there, took one look at the size of the cut, and made the decision to take him in. It was much too big for us to patch, and right over the center of his knee. I expected to get stitches and bring him back home. However, the cut had gone all the way to the kneecap, and when they did an xray they saw air in the joint, which meant that there was a big risk of infection in the joint—not a good thing. There is no orthopedic surgeon over here, so he had to go to Christchurch. He spent the night in the Greymouth hospital, and then went to Christchurch in the morning in the ambulance that goes over every day. Esther followed him in her car.
He arrived in Christchurch around 2:00 in the afternoon, and waited until midnight to go into surgery to patch his knee up! Esther got this picture of his wound soon after arrival, while they were waiting to go to his ward to wait for surgery. The blessing in this injury is that he missed both tendons and all the major blood vessels around the knee cap.
Esther spent the night with a friend, and then came back to the hospital in the morning. This was the view from his window. The river in the third picture is the Avon.
They played Phase 10 a couple of times.
Mr. Diligence was able to come home Saturday afternoon. He was happy to be out of the hospital, although he has to take it easy for a few weeks. Here he is showing pictures to Mr. Sweetie and Little Miss.
Sunday afternoon: The next act? Soon after some of us came home from church, Elijah called, asking Esther to pick him and the younger boys up. She asked why. “Simon just dislocated his knee!” Gayle was on his way to the hospital with Simon. It turned out to be his kneecap, and it was easily replaced, but he’s wearing a brace for a couple of weeks, and supposed to take two weeks off work—when they are overwhelmed with vehicles to fix! He’s in a lot of pain tonight, though, so I think it’s wise to take time off. Ironically, it was the same knee that Mr. Diligence injured. And how did he do it? Jumping over a low fence that he has jumped over dozens, if not hundreds of times before.
This was when Simon had just gotten home and was on his way into the house. Can you imagine—two boys on crutches at the same time!
Once both boys were settled on the couches again (we now have a shortage of seating in our living room!) their brothers tried out the crutches.
When I had a bike accident and had stitches over my knee, one thing that really helped with the pain was to rub Castor OIl around the knee – the back and sides, not on the wound at all but just the surrounding areas. Maybe it will help! Good healing to your boys!
I hope your next week is much less eventful! That cut looks painful!
NZ Filbruns says
I hope so, too! Both boys are healing, although Simon’s knee is still quite sore today. He drove for an hour this afternoon–his boss asked him if he could take a car to Greymouth to get the computer reset. It was an automatic, so he was able to do it, but he needs to rest now after being up for a few hours. The cut isn’t hurting anymore, but if that boy is up too much his foot swells a bit. I hear that you told Mom to read my letter from this week!
Yes i did. ? I may have given her a hint of what was in it. I have a routine of reading your email with my coffee Sunday mornings.