Saturday, October 11, 2008

7 1/2 Hours One Saturday

This Sabbath started off like any other. We slept in a little later than on weekdays and enjoyed a good breakfast. This week Kai was going to go hiking with his brother in the mountains and I was going to drive up and meet them in Oak Glen for apple pie, apple cider, and maybe even apple picking. Oak Glen is known for it's great apples and fall colors here in southern California.

Unfortunately we never got to experience that. About an hour and a half after they left, I got a call from Kai saying that he had taken a fall on the mountain and was coming back down to go to the Emergency Room. Since Kai is not one to ever go to the ER unless it's serious, I was worried. I went to the ER first and started filling out any paper work they'd let me and Kai and Brit showed up shortly after. We got Kai in a wheelchair and got in the line of people waiting.

They called us back into a private room about an hour after we got there. We were happy since we'd heard of terrible wait times in the LLU ER, and were optimistic. However, there were ATV races taking place somewhere locally, so we quickly lost our status as trauma after trauma poured in. We were able to keep our room though, which made the whole experience a little more comfortable. After 7 1/2 hours, internal stitches, external stitches, a leg brace, and crutches, we were finally able to leave the hospital.

Enjoy the pictures, but be warned: they're not for the weak stomached.

Before the major clean up
In the process of cleaning

After the clean up, before the exam--you could see the bone:-(
Kai enduring his greatest fear: shots
Dr. examining the wound
Stitches--Both internal to pull the muscle back over the bone as well as external to pull the skin over the muscle.
7 1/2 hours later: stitching complete
Dr.'s Orders: One full leg brace for a week-no walking or bending his leg at all. After that, he can walk on it and wear it with a wrapped ace bandage until 2 weeks post injury.


  1. Oh man poor Kai...How is he doing? I am sorry that you had to be in the ER for so long. I hate how they keep you there for so long:( I hope that he is getting plenty of rest let us know if you need anything!

  2. Oh Kai ~ The pics look worse than I'd imagined!! I'm SO sorry!!! How grand that Kristi is making sure you're obeying doc's orders and staying off your leg...interesting to hear how you'll manage with school responsibilities.....Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, and always in my heart!! Mom XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  3. Kai - thanks for posting the great pictures! I feel like I was there! No wonder I didn't see you on LLBN!! Weren't you there the week before? Hope you're not in too much pain! What a bummer to have to stay off your leg - you'll do some creative walking, I assume! Get well soon!
    Love, Auntie Aleta and Uncle Wayne

  4. yikes! Hope you get better soon kai. That doesn't look pretty. Take good care of him Kristi!

  5. Kristi, I may type faster than you but that just means that you have to work harder to keep up with me. Come on... get might be able to get a blog up my this evening! hehe.