Please can anybody offer me any advice, comfort or share a similar story as I feel quite alone. My beautiful daughter broke her neck at C2 three years ago and had a very scary time in hospital as after 5 weeks in a collar, another CT scan showed that the bone wasn't healing well and that it had moved considerably. She was rushed into a different hospital and had a halo fitted, she didn't go into the halo jacket as the bones had started healing in the wrong position and so she had to lay flat in halo traction for two weeks. The bone eventually healed after another 2 months but the position didn't improve.
She is incredibly lucky that she kept all her motor skills and to look at her you wouldn't know what had happened. She suffered from extreme anxiety verging on agoraphobia for a couple of years but we are virtually clear after counselling.
She suffers from neck pain and back pain. She is back at physio as she has been holding herself in a bod position for 3 years and her shoulders are over developed, she has little core strength and suffers from pain almost every day.
My over-riding fear is her hurting herself again. We have been told that any further accident eg whiplash is v dangerous to her and my husband and i have to work hard to keep our fears from her.
We restrict what she does eg no theme parks, gymnastics, sledging etc. I would love to hear from other people of any experiences at high school as this stage if her life really worries me - should she play sports like netball?? What activities are safe? How does it affect the child if they are different etc. We are constantly torn between keeping her safe and allowing her to lead a normal life.
Is the bone likely to break again? Is she likely to develop arthritis in it as she gets older?
Sorry for so many questions etc, I would love to hear from anyone. Thanx