Here's the x-ray of Walter's left arm, six weeks after he broke both bones clean through while in a highly competitive bike race with his sister.
Anyway, the orthopedic surgeon operated on the thing for two hours, then put it in a cast. He said the bones were "a little off" but that it was fine because a four-year-old's bones grow so fast that it would heal itself.
He described how the bone would reconstruct itself, growing a little on this side, filling in on that side.
But when I looked at this x-ray yesterday, my stomach dropped. How can this be OK? How can an obvious break in both bones still be visible and have it be OK?
But they'd taken the cast off, and said it was healing beautifully and let's see him back in a month. They gave us a soft cast; lots of velcro and stiff plastic. Walter was afraid to un-bend the elbow. After having it in an L-shape for six weeks, I can only imagine it was a little creaky. He's still favoring it, but says it's getting easier to move it.
I tossed him in the bathtub this morning, the first REAL bath since the accident in January. When he came out he'd lost about a quarter-inch of grime came off. He said it felt good to be clean.