If there's anything that distinguishes my son Jammy from his identical twin brother, it's his spirit of adventure. Jammy has always been the "inquisitive one" who loves to try new things. When he was eleven months old, he took it upon himself to explore the inside of our clothes dryer, and he hasn't stopped since. He's the kind of kid who sticks his fingers into sockets and pushes all the buttons on the DVD player. He learned to bike on two wheels at age three, he was swinging on the monkey bars at age four and carving up the sidewalk on a caster board at age five. At a recent rock climbing birthday party, Jammy was one out of only three boys to reach the top. Jammy has a fearlessness that borders on recklessness; like most boys, he thinks he's invincible, and he pushes it to the limit.
It was almost inevitable that he'd come crashing down sooner or later, and boy did all his shenanigans catch up with him: last week he broke his arm. It was quite a spectacular fall (so I hear; I wasn't there to witness it): he fell six feet from a zip cord-launching platform at a friend's house and landed flat on his back, with his arm underneath him. It was a bad break, with both the radius and the ulna completely snapped into two pieces. When the radiologist lifted his arm onto the x-ray machine, the middle of his arm bent like it was a wrist (my skin is crawling just typing this). His arm had to be twisted in order to get a good view, and poor Jammy was in agony. It had to be reset (fortunately the doctors sedated him for this), and he's going to be in a cast for 6 to 8 weeks.
They say kids are resilient, they heal in no time, and I'm sure Jammy is up there with the best of them. The doctors told me that had been an adult with this kind of fracture, he'd have needed surgery to put in a couple of plates and pins to make sure the bone grew in straight, but since he's so young, he'll heal quickly and his arm will be as good as new. Even though the latest x-ray still looks like his bones haven't been set perfectly straight, I'm going to have to take their word for it that the bones will grow in straight.Continued on the next page