Updates on Victoria Lily Joy van den Broek, born 120705.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


not sure whether it should be on Victoria's or on mine - but being a hospital event it seems better to put it here...
Yesterday we were enjoying a long-overdue visit from dear friends from North London. part way through the afternoon one of theirs and one of ours were on the trampoline. Simon didn't fall off (!!!!) but hit the bed of the trampoline in such a was as to twist his foot round such that he broke the bone. Having got to the edge of the trampoline David (what a blessing it must be to have big strong brothers!) carefully picked him up and set him down on the grass running in to report that Simon had done something serious to his leg. I called an amulance - which was here in about 15 mins. Thomas waited out on the road to flag it down and show them the way. Simon was uncharacteristically forthright about the importance of NOT touching the bump (which, when I saw it moments after he had done it, was more of a point than a bump). Everyone who saw him until he got plaster put on was told, quite candidly NOT to touch the bump - because that was where it hurt. I stayed with him overnight. It had been planned that he would have surgery this afteroon but a CT scan was called for - the x-ray showed that the bottom half of the tibia was snapped off. It seems to have happened at just the wrong place - it is across the 'growth plate' - from which point his bones would be expected to continue to grow over the next few years. So long as it has not damaged the ability of the growth plate to do its stuff, all will be well - but skill is required for the repair. The orthopaedic chap said they would fix it in the next day or two (!!)
Simon is bearing up manfully but is in pain and uncomfortable - the nurses offer him ibuprofen when he buzzes to say it is beginning to hurt again.
Tonight Philip is going to stay in the parents accommodation - which will be cooler than the put-u-up next to Simon's bed. Simon is quite happy in the knowledge that if he feels he needs a friendly face in the night, he can get the nurse to call philip. Last night I was awake most of the time. Simon assured me that I snore very loudly (!!!) so the other occupants of the room will, doubtless, be thankful that I am not sleeping there tonight. ( I detected a logical fallacy but don't have the energy to try and clarify the posish....) Last night Simon and I had the room to ourselves.
Tommorow Ron leaves early for a planting job for which a machine is booked. I will take Victoria in with me at 6am to relieve Philip and David will be here and able to cycle between the hospital and home as necessary. Now must go and get some phone credit....
Timothy should soon be on his way back from Hull. Lucy is home next weekend.


  • At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Julie said…

    Oh, poor Simon;

    We will pray that the hospital get round to fixing it 'soon' and that he makes a speedy recovery!


  • At 8:55 AM, Blogger Sylvia Lowery said…

    Will be remembering Simon today, praying that the operation will go well, also that you will be helped over the coming days.

  • At 7:00 PM, Blogger Sue Perks said…

    We will be remembering you all, and especially Simon, in our prayers.

    I'm sure Simon will give us a detailed account of his experiences when next we see him.

    Tell him to keep smiling.

    God Bless,

  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger Rosesandtea said…

    Ouch. Will be praying, please keep us updated here if you can.
    (Karen Buttle)


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