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A morning in A+E with Mini Hazey and a sprained ankle.

(64 Posts)
hazeyjane Mon 17-Mar-14 14:24:17

Ds fell this morning, and was reluctant to stand on his foot afterwards, I put an ice pack on it, and put him in the buggy for the school run. When we got home he wouldn't stand on it. I left the room to get a drink and heard him crying, when I came back in he had tried to get off the sofa and had collapsed on the floor.

I took him to A+E and waited for an age, dr deemed an xray unnecessary and said it was a sprain, try to keep him off it and give him regular ibuprofen. She tried to put some tubular grippy bandage on (ha ha ha ha - like trying to get a sock on a squid tentacle - ds was having none of it)) and we came home.

Poor ds is curled up asleep on my lap, I felt like a bit of a tit with this dr, because, you know it's 'just a sprain'. But it is so hard when your little boy can't tell you if it hurts, in fact because of his wonky pain receptors he can't seem to work out why he can't stand on it, and he forgets that he can't stand on it, so every time he tries to get up he falls over.

Feeling very crappy after a loooong morning.

PolterGoose Mon 17-Mar-14 14:29:55

Oh poor little chap sad

[cuddles] for him

brew and cake for you

Hope he feels better soon flowers

ouryve Mon 17-Mar-14 14:31:43

poor chappy sad

Our last trip to A&E was just a graze.

brewcake[extra special pork pie]

autumnsmum Mon 17-Mar-14 14:39:19

Poor mini hazey if there was a pirate emoticon here it is

Ineedmorepatience Mon 17-Mar-14 14:43:18

Poor minihazey sad hope he feels better soon.

hazeyjane Mon 17-Mar-14 14:47:17

Thankyou - nibbles a bit of pork pie before ds wakes up.

aaaaaarrrgh for the pirate picture.

zzzzz Mon 17-Mar-14 15:14:52

oh hazey if you go to the Dr it's either "he's fine you fussy daft mother give him calpol/calprofen and rest" or it's "This is a serious case. What were you thinking not coming straight away"......Drs get off on that stuff. They are wonderful in other ways but leaving mothers feeling competent is not one of them. (Except ds1s paediatrician who is lovely and very kind.)

It all sounds very horrid for the poor chap. Surround him in pork pies and cuddle him without mercy.

NoHaudinMaWheest Mon 17-Mar-14 15:52:09

Oh poor minihazey. Hope you manage to keep him off it - I can imagine that will be tricky.
And with a few exceptions zzzzz is right about drs.

homework Mon 17-Mar-14 17:47:26

Don't know if this will work for you but worth a try ,
Will mini haze wears socks .
If so place his normal sock on his foot get an old fashion crepe bandage , wrap this around his poorly ankle , the content of the bandage not irritate so much due to having his usual sock on .
You have the advantage of doing this that little bit loser , it will also remind him of his poorly foot .
If he likes Casper scare school , you could tell him he's the mummy one in it , can't remember his make been a while since we watched this. ( too old now ) I still enjoy some of the old cartoons .

homework Mon 17-Mar-14 18:32:28

Also meant to say continue with the ice route for at least 48hours , for about 20 minutes , when you can.
If he's still unable to wait bear take him back , there's lots of very small bones in your foot and ankle , presuming you don't have a children's hospital on your door step , so doctors will be more use to dealing with adult patients and less use to a little boy with poor language ability.
So just tell them you feel an X-Ray is actually appropriate , as you already tried the wait and see route.

youarewinning Mon 17-Mar-14 18:59:44

Oh no poor minihazeyboy and poor you hazey
Sorry the Dr made you feel crapper - you think the medical profession would get that as he has differing pain receptors and sever language delay you sought a medical opinion - and not judgement.

Not sure how to get him to stay off it? Do you have a chair he sits in - beanbag he can lie back in? My DS sprained his ankle on his 1st birthday and never made a fuss - but it was twice the size, black and he kept trying to stand on it! (Which didn't work obviously!) we found lying a duvet on the floor and having everything he wanted on the floor - there for him was the closest we could get to helping.

Sneezecakesmum Mon 17-Mar-14 20:50:30

I'm and ex A&E nurse and you did the right thing smile Sprains are very painful and if he couldnt weight bear thats the right thing to do. A lot of adults can't really describe the pain as a lot are drunk they are very tired!

It is exhausting sitting around in A&E though so you deserve tea and cake. If he's not improving take him back. but most low level falls are sprains, unless DSs disability includes weakened bones of course.

Thepoodoctor Tue 18-Mar-14 12:53:46

Poor mini Hazey! Better soon I hope.

hazeyjane Tue 18-Mar-14 13:07:36

Thankyou everyone.

Good to hear we did the right thing, sneeze. The dr wasn't too bad, she was just busy. The nurse was lovely and really understanding about ds freaking out over the bandage and not wanting to sit in the waiting room.

Have been doing warm and cold, and have managed to get a bandage on him after finding a scooby doo mummy episode on youtube! It is reminding him that it will hurt to walk on it - he can do a few steps, but won't put his foot all the way down, kind of walking on his heel with his toes up, and only a couple of steps before sitting down and wanting to be picked up.

homework Tue 18-Mar-14 17:18:27

Give it another day or two and if he still can't then put his whole foot on the ground and at least walk a few steps on the whole foot , take him back for an X-ray .
Explain to triage nurse , who should help you get him seem more quickly. She may even remember him from last visit

youarewinning Tue 18-Mar-14 17:34:35

I agree about x ray. Would have thought it standard for a children with communication difficulties - the x ray can tell them what he can't.

homework Wed 19-Mar-14 10:42:25

How is he today hazey

hazeyjane Wed 19-Mar-14 12:23:05

He is walking, but hobbling and dh thinks he seems to be having a problem with his knee. I took him to preschool this morning and stayed with him, so that he had me and his 1-1 looking out for him, he wanted me to carry him from table to table, I think more because he was nervous.

It is really tiring him out so he looks knackered, sat next to me with a warm wheat bear on his leg.

Thankyou for being so lovely and asking after him.

Tambaboy Wed 19-Mar-14 12:42:34

Poor mini Hazey, I hope he gets better very soon

PolterGoose Wed 19-Mar-14 12:45:43

Get well wishes from me too bear flowers

autumnsmum Wed 19-Mar-14 12:55:56

Best wishes from all of us

homework Wed 19-Mar-14 13:54:15

Hazey the knee pain may be because he's been walking wrong and put stress and strain on that area , if he still struggling tomorrow either take him back to a&e or a walk in centre near you that has X-ray facilities.
It hard when they can't tell you or the medical staff what problem is , and precisely where the pain is .
Hope he's feeling better soon , poor wee lamb , he does look adorable in your pictures on other posts.

hazeyjane Wed 19-Mar-14 15:49:40

I will definitely ask for him to be resent if he carries on struggling.

He is adorable, and pooped!

homework Wed 19-Mar-14 16:18:19

My lovely boy

hazeyjane Wed 19-Mar-14 18:53:10

smile

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