Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hunter's Foot is Free!

Hunter got his cast off this past Tuesday. It must have felt good because he was wiggling his toes a lot!

We went in for the appointment and Drew saw the saw sitting on the counter in the exam room. He kinda freaked out a little, but I told him to stay quiet and not make a big deal so that Hunter would be okay with it. It's nice having a 2 year old go through all of this because he doesn't really know what a saw is, so he doesn't know to be freaked out by it. Besides his little toy saws at home, he hasn't seen one in action yet.

The doctor came in and Hunter jumped right up on the table and stuck his leg out. He knows what's going on! We kept asking him if he was ready to get his cast off. I think he was kind of growing fond of it. He wasn't too sure about getting it taken off.

The doctor barely sawed through it, just enough to crack it open. Hunter sat very still. He was interested in what they were doing to him. They sawed through one of the signatures and he didn't like that too much. He pointed at it and said "Madelyn?" Yes, honey, they sawed through Madelyn. Good thing we took pictures of it before we went in. I was not about to keep the thing! I have more trash in my house than I care to move again. I am not interested in moving a cast, too.

When the cast came off, his little foot was so dirty! I had used a baby wipe at bath time to get up in his toes, but there was dirt and gook stuck way up there. The nurse, who's obviously done this before, had a dish of warm soapy water waiting. Hunter thought it was funny to have his foot washed somewhere that wasn't his bathtub.

She asked me to pick him up and take him to the x-ray machine. I set him down by the machine and he knew just what to do. He placed his foot in the right spot and stood very still. He's an expert at this x-ray thing by now.

His little bones looked good. The fracture was healed. We go back in a few weeks for one last x-ray.

Hunter complained about some pain the past two nights so I gave him a little Motrin at bedtime both nights. He's walking a little gingerly on it, but the doctor said that's to be expected. It's not that he's adjusting to walking without a cast. He adjusted to that right away. It's that his foot is a little tender still. Sturdy tennis shoes help ease the pain a little more than his bare feet do, though.

So proud of my little guy. He's such a go-with-the-flow kind of kid. He does not get upset easily and he's very trusting when I tell him it's going to be okay. He's done very well through this whole thing from the 9 hours in the ER (never complaining once), to getting his cast off two days ago.


snowflake said...

Cpngratulations to Hunter for getting his cast off! He's getting so big!

Roe said...

Yay for Hunter!! I can't believe how big he's getting!