365 Project: Yet another cast

Jonah in a long arm cast

It has been a very long couple of days.  Thursday, we went back to Dell Children’s Hospital for Jonah’s follow up appointment.  The purpose of that appointment was to remove the large long arm plaster cast and move him over to a short arm fiberglass cast.  We’ve had concerns about the fit of the cast throughout, but were assured repeatedly it was fine.  When we arrived they removed it, did an x-ray and the PA assured us we could move him in to a brace.  We were concerned because his arm is still very visibly fractured on the x-rays.  She really felt like the brace was going to be enough so they referred us to go get fitted for a brace.  We had to walk in the cold about .5 miles with 2 little kids in tow, get there, have a super long wait and then they start measuring for the brace.  When they brought it in to put it on him, it was this super flimsy piece of flexible silicone type material with a price tag of $600.  I was floored.  There was NO way that piece of junk was going to adequately secure his still broken arm.  We asked for something more stable and substantial and they said because an Rx was written for the brace they’d have to contact his doctor.  Granted, we hadn’t even seen an actual ortho in the last 2 visits.  We only saw him once at our first visit and that was because we insisted.  He refused to change the brace Rx and said just get that one.  We wanted to go back to the clinic and have a short arm cast put on at that point, but they were closing for the day and wouldn’t take us.  So, buy a useless brace or go to the ER for a short arm cast, those were our 2 choices.  They marked the brace down to $135 and we chose that option, neither of us feeling good about it.  But the boys were so DONE with waiting rooms and doctors offices for the day, everyone was hungry and we still had to walk another .5 miles in the cold back to the parking lot where the truck was parked.  We debated what to do all the way home.  Jonah isn’t your typical sit still kinda kid.  He’s busy.  And when it came down to it, we knew that bone would break again fast if he put too much pressure on it or fell.

My instincts told us to go get a second opinion.  Jason felt the same way.  Today we did just that.  And I’m so glad we did.  A review of his records and the new ortho not only wanted him in a short arm, but a full long arm for a minimum of 6 more weeks.  His arm should have been completely healed by now.  The biggest reason it wouldn’t have healed is too much mobility in an ill fitting cast!  We were livid that our concerns were ignored and brushed aside.  We had actually returned about the cast rubbing his wrist and they cut part of it down.  When that cast was removed he had an open wound inside as a result of it not fitting correctly.  The nurse snapped at him immediately wanting to know what he stuck inside his cast.  We were shocked but jumped in right away so he didn’t have to answer her.  So rude!  Thank God it wasn’t infected and I was able to treat it quickly with a healing salve multiple times before the new cast went on today.  The wound looks so much better already.  Seriously, grab that salve – it heals everything super fast!  We put it on all bumps, bruises, rashes, sunburns and cuts.  It’s like a miracle salve!

The new care he received today through Direct Ortho Care was SO much better!  Gosh, just night and day different!  The cast fits well and he has less mobility around his fingers and there isn’t a big gap at the top of his arm.  We felt much better having it secured until it’s fully healed.  A good reminder to always, always, always follow my instincts.

Jonah was such a trooper, he didn’t complain one bit about another 6 weeks in a long arm.  He’s just so easy going about all of it.  Even though this really stinks for him.  And he totally chose a black cast, which surprised us.  Later Jude told me it is so no one will see him when he’s playing hide and seek in the dark lol!  I asked Jonah if that was true and he giggled.  Ha!

2020-02-23T00:50:41-06:00February 23rd, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, Jonah, My Family|

Sneak Peek: Sweetness and sweet light

photo collage austin family photographer

It’s always a little shocking to see big kids walk up, smile and give me a big hug at the beginning of a session….especially when I’m completely sure they were just babies a couple of days ago.  Photographing this sweet family through the years is always such an honor.  And while it was a little cold, we had some pretty sweet light last night!

2020-02-22T23:33:49-06:00February 22nd, 2020|Austin Photographer, Client Work|

Annoucement: Fall Mini Sessions in Austin!

Several of you have asked so I decided to open up an evening of mini sessions in the fall!  It’s the perfect time to update your family photos and get a few photos of the kids to give as gifts or use for your Christmas card!

austin mini photo sessions

I currently have 3 mini sessions open on the evening of November 14, 2020 in Round Rock, Texas!  Each mini session includes one immediately family and 30 minutes of shooting time.  Five full resolution images are included in the price of $350.  You will be presented with at least 15 to choose from.  You can see the differences between a Signature Session and Mini Session here.

I expect these to go fast so don’t delay!  If you’d like to grab one email me at [email protected]  You can see all available fall session dates here.

2020-02-22T09:42:48-06:00February 22nd, 2020|Announcements, Austin Photographer, Client Work|

365 Project: Is your arm all better?

photo of cast removal for broken arm

Jonah had his plaster cast removed yesterday.  And while his arm IS improving, what followed was a complete disaster of medical care that was anything but good or personalized.  10 years ago Taryn broke her forearm and we had a fantastic experience with Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin.  The care has drastically gone downhill since then and we are so relieved that we can go seek healthcare elsewhere.  Never again, Dell.

When his cast was removed we washed his arm and Z noticed Jonah kept rubbing and touching it.  He jumped up and ran his fingers across his arm for quite awhile and asked him if his arm was all better now.  It was super sweet.

2020-02-21T09:22:43-06:00February 21st, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, Jonah, My Family, Zachary|

365 Project: The birder and the hiker

photo of jude and zachary at audubon center

Jude dragged us to a nearby Audubon Center today.  It was early, cold and wet but we were all good sports.  We brought along our Osprey hiking backpack for Z but he didn’t even need it.  I feel like he’s turned a corner with hiking and wants to do it all on his own instead of going along for the ride.  Jason wore it empty all morning.  I’m sure we will still use it on the road on more dangerous hikes, but it’s nice to have him tackling some hikes on his own!  He’s getting so big!

2020-02-19T00:19:51-06:00February 19th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, My Family, RV Life, Zachary|
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