Adrian's accident: the long version
Friday night, Adrian (he is 4 years old) has been riding his smaller 2 wheel bike for some time now. Jeremy (hubby) took the training wheels off his new bigger bike. Adrian went speeding out onto the road to show his brothers, and lost control in the loose gravel, landing directly on his chin. He pushed his 2 middle top teeth up into his gums, and scraped his chin up pretty badly. Poor little guy. So Friday night we iced his chin, and put him to bed thinking it was just a scraped up chin.
Well, Saturday morning when he woke up he could not open his mouth and was telling us his jaw was hurting. So I took him to the ER, and they did a CT and determined his jaw is in fact broken, fractured mandible. They could do nothing for him there. So we head home.
Sunday he is acting perfectly fine. Not complaining of pain or anything, he is even trying to eat the foods he likes, yet chewing carefully.
Monday we set an appointment for a consultation on his broken jaw. We are of course dreading what we believe to be the inevitable: plate and screws in his jaw bone, anesthesia, wiring his jaw shut... etc.
Tuesday we go see the doctor. She reviews his CT, and does an exam. She decides that she will leave him be, and that his jaw is already healing on it's own. She tells us that a child Adrian's age can heal a fracture in 3 weeks. She would like to see a follow up CT one month from his accident to confirm that he is healed properly. She also recommends "putting him in a box". This means: no bike, no scooter, no trampoline, no rough housing, etc... That will be the hardest part.
Today, Wednesday he is acting as if nothing has happened. He does chew his food rather carefully, but other than that, back to normal.
Thank God, for all of the answered prayers on this one. :)