This is an attempt to give our family and friends a glimpse
of our baby Carter's llife. I hope this will help you better
understand O.E.I.S complex (Cloacal Exstrophy). Carter is a true blessing and God has a special plan for him.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
Can't Catch A "Break"
Whew! Now that we are somewhat caught up on sleep, I will update on our adventurous past few days. Things had been going great since my last update. We were able to take Carter to the fair here in Jackson and to Mitchell Farms. He ran, played, laughed and truly had a wonderful time. Things had been going absolutely wonderful. That was until Monday night. Carter walked across our living room and like most 3 year olds he tripped over his foot and fell down. He hit his knee first and it immediately became extremely swollen. He would scream every time I sat him down on his bottom or tried to stand him up. I knew something was not right. We were told after his "big" surgery in March that he was at risk for fractures and dislocation of his hip and knee joints, due to how atrophied (weak and loss of muscle) his legs had become. With this in mind we headed to the Blair E. Batson Emergency Room. When we arrived it was packed! Thankfully, they looked at Carter and realized they needed to get him to the back. A few hours later X-rays confirmed that he had fractured his femur. We were admitted to the hospital and Carter went to surgery only a few hours later. His femur was reset and put into a cast. Thankfully, we only had to stay in the hospital one night.
We hoped that we would be told that this was just a little boy accident and Carter hit his leg just the right way to break it. Unfortunately, we were reminded of how all of Carter's medical conditions have taken a toll on his body. Carter has Osteoporosis in his legs and pelvis. It is due to all of his nutrition going to keeping him alive instead of his bones. He will continue to be at risk for fractures and joint dislocations until his body can catch up. Carter is basically an active 3 year old trapped in an elderly body. We are praying that his leg will heal correctly and in a timely manner. We know his cast will need to remain on for at least the next 6 weeks and then he will have to wear a brace. The best treatment for Carter's leg and for the osteoporosis is Vitamin D, Calcium and for him to bare weight on his legs. This is going to be a bit tricky. He needs to walk to heal everything, but he is still at high risk for breaking more bones. We are just going to pray really hard he will not break anything else!
This was not something we were expecting to happen, but we know that God has a perfect plan. We are extremely thankful that his Orthopedic Doctor here in Jackson will be able to communicate with his Orthopedic Doctor at Johns Hopkins to come up with the best plan for Carter. We will return to the hospital Wednesday to make sure his bone is healing. Please continue to pray for Carter. Pray for his leg to heal correctly and in a timely manner. Pray he does not break any more bones and for his nutrition to be able to catch up. Thank you for all of your prayers and continued prayers for our sweet Carter. We honestly could not make it without them! As always... To Him be the Glory!!! Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12