Grace finally got her cast off on Thursday. After the doctor assured us that her bones healed perfectly he also warned us that it will take some time before Grace is up and running around again. I had suspected that her joints and muscles would be stiff and sore for a while, but when doc said that it may be a couple of weeks before she is running around again I was a little taken aback.
Sure enough, Grace didn't even want to bend her knee much less put any pressure on her leg. We took her home and soaked her in a nice long, warm bath. Little by little she began moving the leg around. I gave her a little medicine before bed and the girl slept longer than she has in forever. It must have felt heavenly to sleep in her bed without that huge cast.
The next day she was bending her knee just fine but would SCREAM if I suggested she try standing or even move her foot around.
Luckily, it was a super hot day, perfect for swimming. I packed the kids up and took them to one of our favorite inland lakes. The water was like bath water and the sand was super soft. The boys took off with their new swim masks while Grace (who is normally a little fish) clung to me like a scared little monkey. I got out her floatie ring, and though the first 10 minutes were torture, eventually she began to like it.
Today the weather is supposed to be around 100 degrees with very high humidity. Another wonderful day for swimming. As soon as Grace wakes up I'll begin packing the cooler, grabbing the towels, lathering on the sunscreen, and getting everyone ready. And maybe after another relaxing swim day Grace will be ready to stand on both of her legs and join me in a rain dance.