When I arrived I discovered that he was indeed pretty messed up. Apparently he was riding his bicycle through an intersection when a car ran the red light and almost hit him. He swerved and hit the curb going head over heels into debris in the street which included some broken glass. Both his hand were cut up pretty bad but his right arm was a disaster.
We rushed him to emergency.
It turned out that he had cut his arm down to the bone requiring internal and external stitches. He also cut up both hands pretty bad and fractured his wrist. They patched him up the best they could but told us to see his regular doctor as soon as possible.
I made an appointment to go see his regular doctor the next day. She sent us to get x-rays so she could see what she was dealing with. After two weeks of back and forth she finally recommended a wrist specialist.
The specialist did an MRI since the x-rays from emergency and his regular doctor were inconclusive. The result? He not only fractured his wrist but he tore some ligaments and had bone chips. He was told that he would be in a cast for 6 weeks followed by a splint for an additional 6 weeks.
That was the bad news.
The really bad news? The injury was to his right arm and he is right handed. Plus, the way they set the cast was such that he had no use of his right arm. At all. And he had just started a new job that he was thrilled with and now he could no longer work. On top of that it was going to make school really difficult as well.
Nicky is a trooper though. He is always ready to see the funny side of everything and this was no exception. He joked with the ER nurse and had us all laughing even though you could tell he was in great pain. He joked with his regular doctor and even the assistant who put him in the cast.
He is such a great kid. I am so proud of how he is handling this.