Trips to the ER are considered a sort of rite of passage for parents. You hear about it from other parents and you pray it doesn't happen to you, knowing full well that it eventually will. All you can really do is hope it's for something not too terrible or something silly like a quarter stuck in a kid's nose. Well, we had our first trip to the ER this last weekend almost immediately after all the wedding festivities had come to an end. Sadly, it wasn't something silly but, luckily, it also wasn't anything life threatening.
For those who read this blog that haven't heard, Madelyn got her pinky finger shut in a door Sunday night and suffered a "partial amputation." Yep, that's what they call it. That's what we had to write on a bunch of medical forms and say multiple times to doctors when talking about our little baby. Not fun. Basically, the top part of her pinky finger on the palm side tore completely off other than a very small piece of tissue holding it to the rest of her finger.
We had an appointment with a hand specialist yesterday and got some bad news. It looks like the finger tip isn't reattaching as we had hoped. The whole tip of her finger is completely black, in fact. They put a cast on her arm (yes, her entire arm. Apparently it's difficult to make a cast small enough to fit a 15-month-old's hand that they won't wiggle off) and sent us home. We'll go back on Friday for them to evaluate how the finger is doing, but, we're assuming it won't be any better based on how it's been so far. The doctors are really just giving it a chance because there's no rush and she's young.
The three options right now are:
- Highly unlikely: We go in on Friday and the finger has started to heal itself and reattach. We leave the finger alone and let it continue healing.
- More likely than option 1 but still not probable: Option 1 doesn't work so we go back in next week, at which time they'll surgically remove the stitches and top of the finger. If there's enough viable tissue under the finger, they'll re-cast the arm and let the finger continue healing itself.
- Probably what will happen: They remove the tip of the finger, find there is not enough good tissue to have the finger repair itself and have to graft from some other part of the body to do the repair.
Finally, thank you to everybody that's sent emails, texts or called over the last few days. Thank you to our families for helping out with Patrick while we were in the ER or at the doctors or just needed some time with Madelyn. Thank you to people who brought us dinner. Thank you for all the love and prayers. And Patrick, if you ever read this someday, thank you for being such a patient little boy over the past few days. We've given a lot of extra attention to Madelyn, your schedule as been thrown off track, you've had to be extra careful when playing and you've handled it amazingly well.
We'll continue to keep everybody posted on what's happening as it happens. We'll either update here in the main blog or post smaller updates to the Twitter feed on the right-hand side. I'll leave you with a video of our Madelyn being herself, despite her cast :) ...