2008 was an interesting year. We sent out a Christmas card that featured every kid, including the dog - with a photo from their respective hospital visits. We themed the card that year - “Got Co-Pay?”
Emma was a planned version. Removing of tonsils. She was in and out and on the mend thanks to ice cream and ginger ale (old time remedies). Olivia was not a planned version, she wiped out on her bike and broke both arms. I don’t know how one does that, but she did. I am not sure she has ridden a bike since.
Spencer also was not planned. It did involve a bike, but that was not included in an accident. He was riding his bike and had his leg in a funny position - not normal. Deb asked him what was wrong and he said his leg hurt. So, we took him to the doctors…and low and behold, his leg had come out of socket. Similar to the Bo Jackson injury. The doctor told us we needed immediate surgery or he could have a potential blood vessel rupture due to circulation flow in and around the joint! That was a special “oh shit” moment.
Evidently, boys going through puberty can have those kinds of things happen. Unbeknownst to us…we were one of the lucky families to have that occur. So, off to surgery we go. Spencer gets a screw in his leg to hold the hip in place. And a leg cast to go with it. So, we are now up to three casts in the house at the same time.
And then later that year we are in Tahoe and Greta - our Weimaraner - runs after a stick into the lake and yelps. She comes out of the water on three legs and won’t walk on one of her legs. I look down and one of her toes was pointing side ways. Not good.
We take her to an emergency vet in Reno…who suggests amputation. Not good. So, we ask her to splint and bandage the leg/paw and give us pain drugs until we can take her to our vet back home (3 hours way and we are on summer vacation)… Oh, and a Weimaraner weighs about 85 lbs. Dead weight on pain pills 850 lbs.
We finally get home, our vet fixes the dislocation (not a break) and puts Greta in a cast, with a cone of shame for 4 weeks. The goal is to see if the cast will not be eaten before 4 weeks is up. Worse than a kid at this point.
So, we end the year with 4 casts, two surgeries and a lot of pain medication. Parents wine habits started to pick up in 2008. The Children’s Hospital sent a holiday card that year. We believe we were on an observation list as well. We were now officially on a first name basis.