The warmest weather of the year has occurred while Jacob has had his cast on. That may not seem like a big deal to everyone south of us whose summer started in May, but ours doesn’t start until after July 4th. What that means is that our heater was still kicking on in July.
The day after he was made into the bioncle man, Marshall pulled out the wading pool. It was torturous. One day friends came over and the slip and slide was dragged out. Poor kid, he sat on the porch eating a high-fructose cornsyrup frozen pop (aka otter pop) as a consolation. The only silver lining was that Jacob couldn’t help do any chores that involved water, which meant no watering plants or getting the dreaded water for the “stupid chickens”.
Thursday we went back to the pediatric orthopedist.
The cast was removed and another series of x-rays were taken.
Nate wasn’t a huge fan of the cast removal.
Thankfully it didn’t hurt one bit. Jacob immediately started very slowly and tenderly bending his elbow.
Jacob was also very excited to show the doctor his amazing tattoo.
Dr: Wow! That’s impressive. Are you a pirate?
Jacob: No. But I’m going to be one when I grow up.
(As an aside, I find it hilariously funny that Jacob wants to be a pirate when he grows up. Once we went to the library and he asked the librariarn to please find him a pirate book. As they were walking to the pirate section he told her that he wanted to be a pirate when he grew up and needed to read up on how to be good at it.
Her: Oh, you want to be a “PILOT” when you grow up. Hahaha I thought you said “PIRATE”
Jake: I did.
Her: Are you sure you don’t want to be a PILOT or an engineer?
Jake: No, a pirate. My pirate name will be “Captain Jack Sparrow green legged octopus black pearl Jones”
Her: Maybe I can find you something about those Somalian pirates… )
Dr: Will you be kind to me when you meet me on the high seas.
Jacob: Probably not.
Dr: What?! I’m fixing your arm here. Won’t that count for anything? Please don’t pillage and plunder me!
Jacob: When I’m a pirate you won’t know my name any more. I will have a new pirate name.
Dr: Will it be Captain Adventurous?
Jacob: No, it will be Captain Black Beard Scary Octopus Jack Sparrow of the High and Mighty Seas Adventure Gaines. (I do not know why he always chooses long complicated pirate names. They must evoke the most fear across the seas I guess).
The fracture on his little elbow is all cured. Tons of new bone growth. His little osteoblasts are busy little cells. Bring on an extra glass of milk and some spinach!
Unfortunately the osteoblasts were also hard at work right smack dab in the middle of his ulna. We were suspecting this to be the case because of where he was indicating all of his pain was occurring. What wasn’t expected was an interesting little curvature of his bone. We decided to not recast him, but rather put a brace on. I don’t even know why they make braces for small children in white. A week longer in the brace and another round of xrays in a month and hopefully he will be deemed completely healed.