What a week!
As I was creating this post, I realized I had a whole lot of pictures and videos I wanted to include, so I pulled out my rusty skills on windows movie maker to create a short video. For those of you who want to read the entire story, it's posted below.
Cruiz's Broken Leg
A little over a week ago, I took the boys to meet up with friends at a trampoline park for toddler time. All was great until I looked over and saw Cruiz grabbing his little leg and screaming. (I had my back turned to him while I was helping Ledger) My friend beat me to him and picked him up for me. A lady was standing right next to him, just staring at him. I was later told she had been jumping really high with a bunch of toddlers around. When I got to Cruiz, I asked the lady if she saw what had happened, she responded with a few mumbled words, and never really answered the question.
I sat down with Cruiz and struggled to calm him down. After about 15 minutes, I decided it as probably best we leave, so I grabbed Cannon and Ledger, and carried Cruiz down the stairs to gather our belongings. After putting Cruiz's shoes on his feet and placing him on the ground, he immediately fell flat on his face. It was so sad. I picked him up and examined his leg, which looked fine, but when I put him back down, his little leg immediately gave out again.
We came home and iced his leg a couple of times and by bedtime it wasn't bruised or swollen, so we hoped he would be feeling better in the morning. Cruiz had a rough night, and kept crying out, "Leg hurt!" The next morning we rushed to get out the door to make it to the Provo City Temple Open House on time. Pat and I took turns carrying him for over two hours, (It was busy!) He's a heavy little thing, by the end, my arms were literally shaking and Pat did most of the work. Cruiz still refused to walk and would flinch and cry out if anyone bumped into him. That's when we realized his leg was probably broken.
The only person Cruiz wanted was me, so once we got home, I took him straight to insta-care (It was a Saturday). After an x-ray was taken, the doctor told me he didn't see a break, but felt there probably was one that couldn't be seen on the x-ray. So he decided to put Cruiz in a splint and told us to keep him off his leg until we checked back in with a pediatrician four days later. Around 9:00 PM, we received a phone call from insta-care and were told the radiologist looked at the x-ray and said there was a definite fracture. We were given the number for orthopedics and told to make an appointment as soon as possible.
After carrying Cruiz around for nearly a week, I was thrilled to visit ortho! We were told the break wasn't severe, and since Cruiz hadn't walked on it for the first week, he only has to be in a cast for 3 more weeks. Yay! The doctor handed Cruiz a key ring with about 20 different colors swatches, and Cruiz picked the green and said, "Turtles!" A week later he's still incredibly proud that his cast is green just like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
By the end of the night he was scooting around on his tummy, and by the next day he was walking really well. He was thrilled that he no longer had to be left out when his brothers' played. Cruiz has been the happiest little boy since his cast was put on, I'm not quite sure why, but he has been so sweet!
Cruiz you're definitely a champ and we love you! Here's to what I'm sure is the first of many broken bones in our household.