Child number 2 broke his arm...again. Again he tripped on another kid's feet while playing soccer. Midshaft radius and ulna fracture, same arm. No more soccer for you young man!
The orthopedists in our local hospital didn't like how the fracture was set and determined that he needs an operation. I decided to get a second opinion mainly because I have lost confidence in the doctors in the hospital where I used to work. Here in Tel Aviv, not only is there an entire department of pediatric orthopedics, there is even a specialist in pediatric fractures. I made a beeline to him for his opinion and he concurred that internal fixation was necessary.
Then began the debate. Should we operate in Be'er Sheva or in Tel Aviv. My wife wasn't keen on the idea of the logistics of traveling far from home (1 hour 15 minutes is far in Israel). I told her that our boy deserves the best treatment possible even if it is inconvenient. We'll get the grandmothers to look after the other kids and we will make the effort.
In the mean time the consultant asked that we take another x-ray the day before the operation because sometimes the alignment improves. The new pictures showed better alignment, but not perfect. The orthopedist said that he can do even better. He removed the cast, reduced the fracture (this caused no pain, just mild discomfort BTW) and applied a new cast. The re-x-ray was perfect.
Long story short, no need for the operation. Yoohoo!
Come on honey, say it, say it out loud, you know what I want to hear: "You were right."