11 Apr 2012
Not an Anatomy Field Trip
Hello, dear bloggie friends, How are things? Are you still on holidays? Are you well?
I am fit and well. Which is good, because I am the only one in our Peaceful Home that is. Jemimah has a broken toe. She broke it before Easter getting dressed in the sitting room whilst watching telly. Which you do, when you're 10 and on holidays. Well, she does.
Anyhow, Bad Mother that I am, I just hugged her when it happened and told her to go and get her copy of DuBose Heyward's 1939 classic, The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, and I would read it to her. As if being cuddled and having a book read to you would heal a broken toe. She even needed to go and get the book herself. Bad mother. Bad mother. At least I managed to get the book read before Easter, though, which made me happy. Priorities, and all that.
Fortunately, Mr PD proved to be the perfect foil for Bad Mother by being Good Father. He strapped her toe, and poured her some Panadol as well as giving her a cuddle. He also organised for us to visit the x-ray place, which we did yesterday, and where we discovered that Jemimah's sore toe was an undisplaced oblique longitudinal mid-shaft proximal phalanx fracture of the right fifth toe - which really just means a broken little toe, but sounds much more impressive.
Whilst at the x-ray place we managed to have a bit of a guided tour and to have a chat with the radiologists as well as the radiographer who took the films, so I am sure we could call it an Anatomy Field Trip if it were not the middle of the school holidays. Especially since we are studying Anatomy right now. At least Jemimah was able to identify and name the bones in her foot, which impressed the radiologist, and made me feel a little bit proud to be her mum.
Mr PD also discovered whilst at the same x-ray place that his sore knee was a parrot beak tear of the right medial meniscus. Impressive sounding, isn't it? So he is poorly as well.
Anyhow, whilst at the subsequent Orthopaedic Surgeon's appointment, we had the opportunity to learn more about knees and menisci and joint pain than we had ever before needed to know. We were able to look at and play with anatomical models and to look at how the clever doctor planned to fix Mr PD's knee. (Later Jemimah and I know watched this video: http://www.flickr.com/photos/medilawtv/6580476621/. Now we are even more intelligent and knowledgeable about such things.)
This afternoon Mr PD is having arthroscopic surgery to fix his sore knee with a fancy name. And Jemimah is hobbling around because of her sore foot with a fancy name.
And I am fit and well. Which is good.
I am not good with sick people. I know.
Bad Mother. Bad Wife.