Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cast On, Knit One.

Turns out Cherub's small buckle fracture was also a Salter Harris fracture, ie there was damage to his growth plate, the cartilage at the end of the bone that controls the bone's growth. This means Cherub is now the proud owner of a full cast and will have to wear it for the next 4 weeks. They gave him a choice of colours too, he rejected my suggestion that the purple cast was pretty awesome. Instead he chose his favourite blue, which looks rather fetching with the bright red Stop-sling. The good news about a full cast is that people can sign it properly, so we bought a special marker and he hawked his arm around the school yard. People love to sign a cast, don't they? I noticed a few special adults in his life looking particularly chuffed as Cherub asked for their autographs. Here is the new cast, enhanced, I think, by his crazy front teeth, we're expecting the sideways one to fall out Any Day Now.


Ironically, whilst having a broken pet meant we spent all our savings and borrowed money too, having a broken child means we're saving money, mostly on sporting tuition. It's as if Cherub took one for the team. Thank heavens we live in a country with a proper health care system.


  1. Our health system is indeed something to be thankful for.

  2. Very fetching sling and plaster! Would he like to borrow my moon boot too?

  3. That remark about the health care system? You're so right. I think that by now I would've lost the house if I had to pay for David2's health care.

  4. You have the most gorgeous children, different looking but equally splendid.

  5. I agree wholeheartedly. Son #1 had numerous x-rays, two casts, surgery and three days in hospital, not to mention multiple follow up appointments, all utterly free of charge. PLUS the soccer club gave us a refund cos he got his injury in the first game of the season, and is not allowed to play until the final couple of weeks.

    Cherub looks thrilled with his blue cast. Does it glow in the dark?

  6. Our oldest son had one of those growth plate injuries too. He got it playing a soccer game in Berlin the day The Wall came down. After his visit to the doctor he hied him over to have a ringside seat at the making of some history! And because they checked him so carefully he did NOT end up with one arm longer than the other! Cherub does not look at all upset about his broken wing. Its a handy talent to have---making lemonade when life hands you lemons....


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