Nick Can Clap

You may well ask, “What’s the big deal, most 10 month olds can clap?” Well, Nicholas was injured when he was born. His upper right arm was broken, but more significantly his left arm sustained a brachial plexus injury or Erb’s Palsy, it was paralyzed. He had some movement in his wrist and hand, but none in his shoulder or elbow.

Brachial plexus injuries are complex. When this injury occurs at birth it is complicated by the fact that the newborn’s muscles grow and strengthen drastically in the first few months. So even if a baby regains all nerve function, they could still deal with muscle imbalances and bone problems.

That’s your science lesson for the day. Now on to the amazing and wonderful blessing that God has given to us. NICHOLAS CAN CLAP! This is a huge deal for BPI kids. I won’t bore you with more science, but this is a big step.

Yeah Nicholas! He also no longer needs therapy. So hopefully we can wave bye-bye to thinking about BPI for the time being. Wave bye-bye Nick, good job.
Just for the record, I believe that if my husband and I had had more information before Nicholas was born, his injury could have been avoided. If you have ever experienced a shoulder dystocia during delivery, please do some research on BPI before you have another baby and check with your OB or midwife about their experience with this complication.
Read about how Nicholas is doing at 2 years.  More posts about Erb’s Palsydoing.
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6 Responses to Nick Can Clap
  1. Carla
    February 24, 2009 | 9:36 pm

    How wonderful! May you continue to see God’s blessings on each and every one of you!


  2. […] following my most difficult labor yet, Nicholas was born.  However, as many of you already know, Nicholas was injured during the birth.  His right arm was broken, but more seriously his left arm suffered nerve damage called a […]

  3. Shelly
    June 25, 2011 | 6:05 pm

    God is so good! Thank you for your encouraging stories!


  4. s
    July 14, 2011 | 12:27 am

    Our midwife sat us down at our pre-birth home visit and explained all about shoulder dystocia and what she would do if it happened during delivery. I was so surprised when it did! I can’t believe our daughter’s head was delivered and she told me to get on my hands and knees to get her out. So was your midwife not aware of how to deal with this type of delivery? Ours told us a doctor would have broken our daughter’s bone on purpose to get her out. Is that what was done did with Nicholas?


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Sonja,

    Our midwife was aware of how to deal with this type of delivery. She did everything she ‘should’ have done (Gaskin manuever, et al).

    Interestingly when we had a shoulder distocia in a hospital with a doctor who would have broken the collar bone to avoid this injury (which by the way, it’s much, much better to have a broken collar bone than to risk this injury. Broken collar bones heal easily and completely. A Brachial Plexus injury can result in life time problems and multiple complex surgeries) our son was born with no injury whatsoever.

    I’ve written a good bit about shoulder distocia and Erb’s Palsy and answered lots of questions in the comments. If you’re interested you can see these posts under the Erb’s Palsy tag.


  5. s
    July 14, 2011 | 12:28 am

    Sorry, my name is sonja–I don’t know why there is only an s in my above comment!


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