Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cast Off!

Today was the big day - the day WE'VE ALL been waiting for - the day Lizzie get's her cast off! Remember last month when she broke her cute little pinky toe? Click here if you missed it. It has been a long 4 weeks for all of us. Bath time was a struggle just trying to keep the cast dry - until we found AQUA SHIELD (thanks again, Sue!). Needless to say, that cast got wet more than it should have. The moldy stank that came after the wetness was almost too much to bear. (In fact I think I'll go stick her bedding in the wash right now so we can start getting rid of the permeating odor!)

We did a photo shoot yesterday so we could commemorate this momentous occasion. This was the best of about 30 pictures. What a cheese nut.

So here she is on the exam table just before the nurse lady came in. Check out the cool artwork that we did on her cast last night for our FHE treat.



Here's a close up of her brave face. She held strong through the whole thing and only looked slightly nervous. Afterwards, she told me that she thought she would cry. What a tough girl. She knew it was going to be loud so she was holding her ears to protect from all the noise. (The saw hadn't even started at this point.)
Let the sawing begin! Jackson was in my arms at this point - screaming in terror.

Then came the cool pliers to pry the cast apart.


After the sawing was finished Lizzie was anxious to see her foot for the first time in a month. She sat up to watch this last part. The scissors came out to cut the cotton...

And wah-la! There's our first glimpse of her stinky stinky foot! It was the pinky toe that was broken - all those others are her normal toes. It looked slightly twisted to me, but they took her immediately to x-ray and check out the bone.

It was comical to watch her try to walk again for the first time all the way to the x-ray room. Step, hobble, step, hobble... One last x-ray...


And we were finished! The doctor showed us how her bone had already started to grow back into place nicely. The new bone growth is soft at first so there will be no gymnastics, jumping or trampoline for another 2 weeks. I did remember to bring 2 shoes for her to wear home. It was a glorious sight to see 2 shoes on Lizzie's feet. She was equally thrilled.

This was her "totally content" face as we left the hospital.
A purple sucker to celebrate the loss of a purple cast. Can't get any better than that. Bye, bye cast, smell ya later! Hopefully not.

7 comments:

Maree said...

Yay for Lizzie! And thanks for posting all of the photos. I've always wondered about the uncasting process. Love the purple shoes!

sueyado said...

Isn't it amazing how horrible the smell is after the cast comes off? How is Lizzie's skin? Is it totally dry? Daniel's hand is still peeling and very dry and it has almost been two weeks since the cast came off! I'm glad that Lizzie is doing better!

Older and Wisor said...

Thank goodness she's not a 10 year old boy....that smell almost knocks me out with NO cast. I can't believe it's already been a month - I bet she'll be dancing all night long! YIPEE!

Michelle said...

Yippee! It was a happy day for Malia when she got her cast off, but even happier for us! Hopefully the smell will be gone soon too...

haley said...

Jen, I didn't even know this had happened. Clara broke her leg two days after I had the baby. It is a big pain in the bootie! I felt that relief with you seeing those pictures. Those casts are the pits! I'm glad she's all better. I remember it took Clara a few days to trust walking again. She'll probably be better since it was her pinkie!

Pollock Family said...

She is so darn cute! Good job making it through!

whittakerwoman said...

Love the lollipop picture! When sohaila got her cast off and it was ugly with her eczema! Nasty! H