Sunday, July 22, 2007

Riding bikes

One would think that riding bikes are harmless... even learning to ride without training wheels is relatively safe and shouldn't cause any serious damage except a bruise or maybe a scrape... or so I thought.

So far so good. Training wheels off!

Daddio and Bobcat on the go!

Bobcat now has a broken leg!

I kid you not. Bobcat and I headed off to the clinic for X-Rays, and a splint till we can get an appointment with an ortho. for a cast! Yep... 6 weeks of inside activities... thank goodness I just finished up my order for all our homeschooling materials. I think we will be starting a little earlier than planned.

And some of you remember last summer and the same Bobcat with a broken arm for a very small fall in the backyard. It would appear that his bones are not made of steel.


Steph B said...

I don't mean to alarm you, but you might want to ask the ortho if there is a reason that Bobcat seems to get broken bones so easily. If there is something wrong it would be better to catch it sooner rather than later.

I'm glad you have supplies to keep poor Bobcat occupied all day.

MommaLlama said...

Steph B, you bring up a good point... and after I returned home yesterday from the clinic this was something that Daddio and I discussed at length. And it is definitely already on the agenda for the conversation with the ortho!

4andcounting said...

Oh no! I hope this doesn't scare him off his bike when he is able to ride again. He looks pretty impressed with himself though. Our girls are still on training wheels and I don't think I'll be sharing this story when it is time to take the training wheels off. :) Good luck keeping him busy and content inside.

Daddio said...

We are assuming that poor nutrition early in life has resulted in below average bone density and strength. We know that the mother smoked during pregnancy, and suspect worse than that (alcohol, illegal drugs). We also can assume that he was not well fed for his first two years. The birth parents neglected to give them all even basic cold medicine when needed. He was born small, around 5 lbs. We've tried to feed him well and they all take a multivitamin, but perhaps some damage is irreversible.

Fortunately, the Dr. said there is little cause for concern. His two breaks have been pretty common types, and the bones didn't shatter or break up into pieces. So no cause for alarm at this time. But we will keep him out of football just to be safe!

Steph B said...

I'm glad to hear that he doesn't seem to have anything serious going on! Maybe just getting a little extra calcium and making sure to get enough protein and exercise will be enough to strengthen his bones over time. Maybe if you get him interested in low-no contact sports now, it will help avoid the no football conversation in the future... =)