We took Jackson back to the pediatric orthopaedist on Friday. We walked in, answered a few questions, and then they cut off his cast...with virtually no discussion with Jackson beforehand. Needless to say, even though we'd spent a couple of days talking about the "cool saw" they would use to take off his cast, he got pretty scared and upset. After it came off, he quickly said he wanted another one back on.
They x-rayed his leg, and the doctor declared him healed! This is two weeks earlier than we were originally told, and we are so thankful! Apparently, it can take twice as long as he had the cast on before he will walk completely normal without a limp, which means up to 8 weeks...another reason we are so grateful the cast came off early.
The skin on his injured leg was very irritated and sensitive, and since he didn't even want to bend his knee, we opted to keep him home for the day. Since then he's done great! He stood on it briefly a few times the first day, and each day he is doing a little more. As of today, he is bending his knee when he feels comfortable and was able to walk just holding my hand for shorter distances.
We ended up getting a causeway pass for the last shuttle launch, which is coming up in a few weeks, so we are again thankful he will have the extra time to recover before we travel! Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers!