Parenting: Dealing with injuries

June 11, 2010 8:32:12 AM PDT
Two weeks ago today, my 14-year-old son Billy broke both bones in his left forearm during wrestling practice. We spent Thursday night in the ER, while the doctor put him under and tried to set the arm by basically pulling on it and trying to get the bones to line back up. He then put Billy in a cast. The pain was horrible and, as it turned out, when the orthopedic surgeon looked at the X-rays the next morning, the "closed reduction" (as they call the procedure) didn't work. So, on Friday, we went to see the surgeon and arranged for Billy to have surgery on Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day.