What an amazing and crazy day Mason had today! The last time I updated this blog was 10 days ago and Mason had just had a cast replaced on his right leg (broken tibia). If you remember, his left leg is also broken and in a cast (broken femur). Yesterday we realized that the green cast on the broken tibia had slipped again and needed replaced. We also saw unsettling changes to Mason's left thigh above the orange cast. It was hard and large, not swollen and hot, but not normal. In my heart I wondered if we were facing a second break in the femur higher up on the thigh. We woke up this morning and the toes of that side were also beginning to swell. We called the orthopedic surgeon's office to get Mason an appointment.
The nurse practitioner who has been integral through this casting and recasting process was not working in the office today, she was at the hospital for clinic. She chose to come to the office after clinic just to work with us to find out what is going on with Mason. I was so glad - total blessing from God to have the people who know your medically complicated child well and are willing to come in extra hours just for him.
We arrived and she confirmed my worry, that Mason had broken the femur in a second spot. We removed the orange cast and took x-rays. The leg is swollen and hard under the skin over a large area of the thigh. We were all thinking Mason was headed for a spica cast (which goes up to your chest and is a total nightmare). The NP looked at the x-ray. She wondered if she was seeing things so much that she called our surgeon away from surgery to look at the x-rays.
What did she see? Mason's body had formed a callus around the break, a good and normal thing. His body took it one step further and formed a huge callus around a large portion of Mason's thigh bone. The leg is swollen and hard because this callus is so big and didn't fit under the cast well. The callus is so extensive and the healing has been so swift that Mason no longer needs a cast for his broken femur! God is amazing!
Now we have some new appointments to make for Mason's first pair of AFOs, bone density testing, and refitting or new HKAFOs. And what does Mason want to do now? "Swing in my swing and take a bath."