Thursday, May 5, 2011
Not happy… Day 902 05MAY11
Joshua was not a happy guy today. We went to an appointment with his orthopedic doctor because he was still having some pain in his right foot. The doctor took a look and ordered x-rays which revealed that Joshua has a broken bone, his second metatarsal, in his right foot. So he is back in a cast for three weeks.
The fracture was most likely caused by a combination of the steroids weakening his bones and the effect the vincristine he gets has on his tendons which causes him to walk on his tip toes. The break was a stress fracture and not caused by a specific injury. We are not sure how long he has been walking around with a broken bone is his foot but it has certainly been that way for several days at least. I shudder to think how much he has walked these last few days at the zoo and the hockey games.
He was definitely not a happy camper when he found out he had to have a cast on again. He gets very sad when things like this happen, things that are out of his control and make him not a "normal" little boy. It hurts me to watch him struggle with the sadness that he endures because of his cancer, it is so unfair. He just wants to be able to play hockey and skate , climb trees, run around, ride his bike. His cast is, of course, blue for his Bolts and waterproof like the last time so he can get it wet anytime he wants. We still have to find him a cast shoe because they didn't have any at the doctor's office.
So we spent most of the day at the hospital getting his cast done and getting molds made for the new braces that the doctor has prescribed for him to wear after he gets his cast off, they will help keep his feet more upright and stretch his tendons to counter the effects of the vincristine. After dinner the boys and I cuddled up on the couch and watched a movie and tried to forget about the earlier part of our day.