Caleb was so excited to go on his first camping trip with his Boy Scout group. This camping trip was months in the planning. We purchased a new tent, sleeping bag, and camping pillow. Total cost $72.00. Much excitement filled the air that Friday afternoon as we departed our house for the park We met his group at the State Park and after a while we left Caleb there in the hands of his leaders. I remember looking at him and wanting to go up and give him a big hug before I left, but I thought that would embarrass him so I didn't. We went on our way, had dinner and a quiet evening and went to bed.
At 1:00 a.m. the phone rings. I'm able to wake up and say hello and I hear, "Mom it's Caleb, I'm coming home." What??!! My brain is just barely functioning, I ask Caleb if he is okay and he just says, "I hurt my leg and I'm coming home. I'll be there soon, my leader is bringing me." He hangs up the phone and I'm thoroughly confused. I wake up hubby, he calls the leader back and they agree to meet halfway. All I'm thinking is that maybe Caleb got scared and wants to come home. Aaron and Caleb arrive home and Caleb has his knee wrapped. He says nonchalantly that he was running and fell on some gravel and hurt his knee. I'm thinking it is a scrape across his knee. We unwrap the bandage to look at his knee and I just remember saying, "Oh, Caleb".
His knee was not scraped. He had a huge, deep gash, at least a quarter size, on his knee. I could see things that are not supposed to seen. I felt so bad for Caleb. His story: he said he fell on gravel while running and got back up and was okay. Then he sat down and looked at his knee and told the other scouts that he needed first aid. They washed his knee with water and bandaged it up. His scout leaders asked him if he wanted to go home and Caleb said no he was okay. His knee kept hurting and bleeding (!!) and he was unable to go to sleep, so he told his leader he thought he better go home.
As soon as I saw Caleb's knee I knew he needed to go to the emergency room. So at 1:30 a.m. we drove to the E.R. The first lady to look at his knee said it didn't look that bad and wouldn't need stitches. So we are put in a room and wait and wait and wait. Finally around 5:00 a.m. a doctor comes and looks at it. His first words were, "He should have been brought in right when this happened. It's been exposed way too long." I wanted to say well, I brought him in when I could, then we waited for hours.
The doctor then spent an hour, cleaning the wound, picking out small rocks and finally stitching it. It was horrible. Caleb was so brave and was a trooper throughout it all. I wanted to take a picture of his injury, but he wouldn't let me. He said he would always remember it and never wanted to see a picture of it. But trust me it was bad.
The doctor worked so carefully and took his time with Caleb. I'm extremely thankful for his care. The doctor was concerned about infection and at first wanted to leave the wound open to expose any infection, but then said it was so bad he had to do stitches. Caleb also had to have an x-ray because they were concerned he might have fractured his knee. Thankfully the x-ray came back clear. Finally, we were sent home around 7:30 a.m. with two prescriptions, bandages, and crutches. Caleb had strict orders to use crutches for at least two days.
It has been 15 days since Caleb's injury. His knee is recovering fine. Here he is going to get the stitches out, which of course was an ordeal in itself. Caleb has been a model patient through it all.
He is still not clear for physical activity. So no bike riding, swimming, playing outside, TaeKwonDo, basketball, baseball. Pretty much cancels out many of a boy's summer activities. We are hoping to get the okay for physical activity next week.
I had no idea a simple camping trip would have this outcome and cost us so much $$$ and totally wreck part of our summer.
True, I promise- just today I received an email from his scout leader saying that at their next meeting in two weeks, it will be a knife and cutting tool safety night. He will have saws, axes, hatches, and knives. Each boy is supposed to bring a pocket knife and sharpening stone. I just can't even go there. I'm sorry to say we will be on vacation that week and Caleb will not be able to attend.