Fractures and Faux Berries

I did it! I put up my first Christmas decoration today. Two, even. I’d been bummed out about not getting everything out, and then remembered…baby steps. A little Christmas is a good start. This coming weekend is packed, but my goal is to put up lots of non-tree decor to liven things up.

Decoration number 2 is a door mat. But I always like to start with a wreath.

Now, I didn’t want to be alarmist, but if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll have seen that my son, Cleveland, was in an accident early Monday evening. He was hit by a minivan on the SIU campus. Fortunately, it wasn’t going terribly fast, and he was in the crosswalk (a badly lighted crosswalk for that matter).

He had his first ride in an ambulance, which he thought was very cool. (“Riding in an ambulance was on my bucket list, but I thought it would be at the end of my life!) The ER staff took great care of him and their radiology folks spotted a fracture on the top of his tibia (the plateau). So he went home on crutches, his leg in a long immobilizer. Today the orthopaedic doc put him in a full-leg cast. No driving! 6 weeks!

Just know that he is doing well. Lots of adjustment for us all. But here’s an interesting thing: He’s 18 but had a sudden growth spurt of about an inch over the past month or so. If he’d been an inch shorter, his knee would’ve been completely wrecked. That, combined with the fact that he is upbeat and doesn’t appear to have anything else broken, seems like a miracle to me.

Tibia is the big bone on the bottom. The most visible fracture is the vertical, long brown line on the far left. CT scans are amazing.


10 thoughts on “Fractures and Faux Berries”

  1. Priscilla says:

    Glad your son is doing well. I’m sure that wasn’t(isn’t) fun for him. Your wreath is BEAUTIFUL!

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Thank you, Priscilla!

  2. Gram says:

    Scary., but the outcome seems good. Love the wreath.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      He’s doing great–thank you!

  3. Linda J Wilson says:

    So sorry to hear it, hope he is better soon

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Thanks so much, Linda! And I loved the card!

  4. skyecaitlin says:

    I am SO sorry to hear about your son! It sounds like he’s in good spirits, too. The wreath is sensational.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      His cheerful spirits have brought him a long way, Skye. Thanks!

  5. Leta Sontag says:

    I love his comment about the ambulance ride; our kind of humor! And the growth spurt was a blessing in the season for blessings, so we’re all thankful. Sending love and hugs!

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Thanks, Leta–That growth spurt was amazing! And the ambulance quote totally cracked me up!

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