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October 10th, 2009

Though the x-rays were inconclusive, the orthopedic doctor we saw today is fairly certain that there is indeed a fracture in Cooper’s lower leg and he is now in a bright blue cast from his toes to his hip.


Putting the cast on was akin to what should be illegal torture.   I mean, the kid doesn’t even like to be pinned down for a diaper change.   Holding him still for 10 minutes was agony.   He screamed in pitches I’ve never heard before out of a baby’s mouth.   It was horrible.   When we got back in the car, he fell asleep (with two peanut butter crackers wedged in his mouth) and stayed that way for three hours.   (The crackers are now meshed into his bed sheets.)

When we woke up, he was actually in pretty good spirits.   Kenny and Casey had gone out to run errands, so we had  a nice quiet house.   We sat in the floor and played, though every few minutes he would try to stand and would hit his cast, saying, “Off!   Off!”   By bedtime, he was getting around pretty well – he has figured out a sort of crab crawl to get where he wants to go, then can stand himself up, as long as he has something to hold onto.   Or, if the going is slow, he looks up at me with those perfect blue eyes and says sweetly, “Hold-ye.”   Melt.

Casey and I have hit the wall of fatigue, after our sleepless night.   Cooper didn’t sleep longer than 20 minutes at a stretch from 11 until 4:30am.   At that point, Casey took off the splint they’d wrapped him in at Nighttime Pediatrics, and he finally fell into an exhausted sleep for about 4 hours.   That thing must have been cutting off his circulation.   Fortunately, the cast the doctor put on this morning seems to be actually making him feel better.  

We have to leave the hard cast on for two weeks, then back to cut off the cast and re-examine his leg.   If he seems to have no more pain, they will let us go free.   If the pain is still there, and he still can’t walk, they will put on a new cast, which will most likely remain for another 3 weeks.

Looks like I’m going to be building some serious tone into my arm muscles over the next few weeks!

cooper's cast


  1. Kimmie says

    Praying my precious Coop heals quickly!! Poor little guy…

    October 10th, 2009 | #

  2. grammy says

    But oh, those beautiful blue eyes still smile sweetly and match the cast perfectly!!! kenny was overjoyed to tell me about it and show it to me. boys………

    October 11th, 2009 | #

  3. Authentipalooza says

    I’m so sorry to hear about that! My nephew just broke his leg, and so did our little neighbor girl- it’s everywhere! I’m gonna put my boys in a bubble! I just found your blog, very cute, fun reading, thanks!

    October 11th, 2009 | #

  4. Adam says

    That’s a cute picture:) Poor little Cooper looks like he’s over the hardest part.

    Hope he gets well soon!

    October 11th, 2009 | #

  5. the inadvertent farmer says

    My son #3 did that about about 2…yep diapers and casts just don’t mix well! Good luck with the arm muscles, lol! Kim

    October 22nd, 2009 | #

  6. MGB says

    Your boys are adorable! Hope he’s feeling better with the cast. 😆

    October 23rd, 2009 | #

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