We are learning together in this new experience and we can use any adive on helping a convalescing child.
If you follow Five J's on facebook you probably already know this, but my 11-year-old daughter, Jerah, fractured her femur this last Saturday in a judo tournament. She had surgery later that day during which the surgeon placed a titanium rod in her femur. Thankfully, none of her growth plates were injured and she's expected to be able to recover completely, and the injury shouldn't affect her ability to grow normally. She's still in the hospital as I write this, sleeping soundly in her bed.
Due to the severity of the fracture (the doctor actually described her femur as 'blown apart' and 'exploded'), she will be confined to a wheelchair for the next six weeks. Thankfully we have a one-story house, but we've never had to deal with anything like this before, so it'll be a huge learning experience.
She will have her wheelchair as her primary means of locomotion, but she'll also have a walker and crutches for transfers (although right now she hates the crutches). We're going to have to figure out how to help her accomplish everyday activities like dressing, bathing, etc. so if you have any advice in this area, I'd love to hear it.
I am sure others deal with this kind of thing everyday but it is new to us. We could really use your advice on helping our convalescing child.
Thank you in advance!