I wanted to do a quick update/info for those that have not heard. Yesterday, Easter, we were at our house playing outside enjoying thenice afternoon. As we always do we got out my old dirtbike. We were enjoying being outside and taking turns on the motorcycle. I gave the kids a ride, Keri rode with me, uncle Riley took a spin, Keri’s mom even took a little spin (impresve)! Keri took another ride and went up a little hill we have in the front yard. She caught some air and I think that may have caused her to get a litle off balance. She ended up heading betwen 2 trees. The tree on the left side caught the handle bars then pinned her toe between foot peg. Keri was flying through the air saying “I’m okay, I’m okay!”, not wanting to make anyone worried. She ended up stopped at the base of another tree and said “Whoa, my toe, I’m not okay”. We ran over there and after one glance it was obvious that we were headed to the emergency room because her left big toe was literally dangling off of her foot. I picked her up and carried her to the car. Her mom ran into the house and got a towel to wrap around her foot so she would not have to look at it en route to the er. I said that I had to find my keys, but I knew where they were. I wanted to go back and make sure that there was not any of Keri’s toe laying on the ground. I jumped in the car and we headed for the hospital. I’ll skip the part of the story where I broke every possible traffic law on the way to hospital. We got Keri into the er and they had to do some x-rays on her foot as well as her knee and abdomen as they also sustained some damage. We waited for quite a while for the er doctor to come back and let us know wat was going on. We already had some idea of the severity because the doctors first question after taking peek at her toe was when was the last time you ate? After a long delay and us all wondering what is going on, a man barges into the room in plain clothes. He was not rude, or apologetic, just facts and he spoke in a way that said I know this is what I do and I’m good at it, borderline arrogant but in a good way. He simply said, “I’m a bone doctor, they called me as a specialist and from the desrcription of the x-ray I thought it deserved a look. You pulverized your big toe and also pretty severely fractured your 3rd toe.” As he peeled back the bandage that was covering the toe he said he was glad that he came up there. “There is a good chance that we will have to amputate the toe, we are going to try and save it, but the big risk is infection.”
They took Keri into surgery pretty quickly. Afterwards the doctor said that saving the big toe was a viable option but the third toe was also an open fracture so they had to clean it out as well and will require pins to be put in. Additional surgery will be required. Most likely they will have to do a bone graft from her hip to see if they can get the tip of the big toe to grow bone since 60% of the bone is missing.
At this point we are waiting to see if infection sets in and if it will be a candidate for saving the toe. Either way we we are looking at having another surgery in the next few days.
Keri is doing great and is in good spirits. There is significant pain but she is being very tough. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. It is funny how complex our bodies our and how fragile they can be.