We wrapped up another history-filled Tapestry of Grace unit last week. I loved this Unit...I feel like I say that after every Unit! This Unit covered the mid-late 1800's. We spent a lot of time on the events leading up to the Civil War, the war, and the Reconstruction after the war. We also read about some of the important things happening in other parts of the world during that time. We learned about Florence Nightingale and Eliza Shirley. We also spent time reading about China and Japan during the mid 1800's.
For some reason, I have very few pictures but I'll share what I have. I must have slacked on taking photos this time around.
The boys made Chinese lanterns.
As always, we read so many great books. This is just a few of the books we read. My favorite thing about homeschooling is all the books we get to read, books I would never think to pick up.
We added to our President timeline. We spent several weeks on Abraham Lincoln.
We made a "wanted" poster. The boys seemed to think $537 was a big enough reward.
We completed another Unit lapbook.
The boys worked on a poster covering some of the inventions of the late 1800's.
A few weeks ago we spent the day at the Civil War Museum which was the perfect compliment to our studies.
One of the best things about our homeschool co-op is the planned field trips. I love the idea of field trips but I'm terrible at actually planning them. Our co-op has monthly field trips planned so I don't have to worry about planning them myself. Today we went to the zoo with our co-op friends.
The boys spent most of their time with their best friends Liam and Luke. These boys have been friends for about 3 years now.
He had good bone growth around the break so the ortho was comfortable taking the cast off. Caleb still has to take it easy, no weight bearing at all for another month. We'll go back for x-rays in April just to make sure everything looks good.
I'm so glad to have that cast gone. Now to wrap Caleb in bubble wrap so this never happens again.
This has been the longest week ever! The orthopedic surgeon couldn't get Caleb in until today (Thursday) so I've spent the entire week in a state of high stress and worry over this broken leg. Apparently stuff like this is common and no biggie to ortho docs. I think they forget that there is a very worried momma pacing the floors, desperate for some assurance.
Anyway, Caleb is now sportin' a bright orange cast. He will wear the cast for 3 weeks and then we'll reassess. The ortho doesn't want to keep him in a cast much longer than that because it will only make the bones weaker.
I feel a bit better now that we have a plan in place but this week was rough on me. I don't know why I took this break so hard. It certainly isn't the hardest thing we've been through with Caleb. Maybe I was barely hanging on and this was the thing that just pushed me over the edge. His broken leg broke my heart. I cried and cried this week. I really struggled with this one. It just felt like such a setback and it still does. I know we'll get through it. I know this is just a rough season we are in and it will pass. Thankfully Caleb couldn't care less about his broken leg. He just keeps rollin' on like it's no big deal. I wish I was able to do that!
I'm not going to lie, it has been a rough couple of months. Even with the great success of the SPML procedure and surviving 5 weeks in leg casts...Caleb has had several bumps in the road. He has battled 3 bladder infections in less than two months. Every time one infection clears up, another infection comes knocking on the door. We aren't sure why and preliminary testing hasn't shown any noticeable cause.
Then this happened.
See that swollen right leg? I first noticed it early Friday but didn't think much of it at the time. He has had some swelling here and there since the casts came off so I figured he may have just overworked it in therapy or something. So I iced it and had him take it easy that day. But it was worse yesterday and it felt hot to the touch. He even had some pain which was a huge red flag to me. Caleb doesn't have a lot of feeling in his legs so if he is feeling any pain at all, I know it's bad.
I took him to Urgent Care.
Urgent Care sent us to the ER because they were concerned it was an infection in the joint.
After x-rays, blood work, and ultrasound the verdict is a broken tibia and fibula in the right leg.
The ER did a temporary splint to support the leg until we can get in to see the orthopedic surgeon this week.
I'm heartbroken. This was pretty much my worst fear after his casts came off. We have no idea how it happened or when it happened. I suspect it happened sometime between Wednesday and Thursday but I'm not certain. He has been so careful with his legs, knowing that they are fragile. I can't think of anything that has happened in the last few days that could have caused this. We'll likely never know. I'm so very, very sad. This is such a huge setback for him. I'm guessing this leg will go back in a cast for several more weeks which only leads to his bones becoming more brittle than they already are. I'm worried that he will lose the straightness we worked so hard to get and the SPML surgery will be for nothing. There are so many "what ifs" running through my mind right now. I hate this so much.
As usual, Caleb is taking it all in stride. He's not nearly as upset as I am. He's just been through so much the last couple of months and it has to make him weary. I know I'm weary. He was just doing so well, even walking with his KAFO's and walker. This just feels like a huge step backwards. I don't want to go backward, I want to go forward.
I'll post more after we meet with the orthopedic surgeon this week. Hopefully we'll have a plan in place soon. For now, we'll keep doing what we've been doing....just get through one day at a time.
Prayers appreciated. Even when I don't understand the "why" of things, I do believe in the peace that only God can give. I'm struggling to feel that peace right now, but I'll get there.