Pierce broke his arm on June 1st, so it's now time for an update. Nine days after his surgery, he started complaining of a sharp pain where the pin was located. I tried not to panic when I discovered one of the pins sticking out of the cast. Indeed, when we took him in the next day, x-rays showed it had slid out of place a bit. His doctor explained that this was the downfall on using pins instead of screws, but that pins were still preferable with children as they are easier to remove.
At the next appointment, x-rays showed the bone was 80% healed. Pierce was getting sores on his arm from the cast, so they decided to remove the pins and the cast. The pin removal hurt somewhat, but Pierce did a great job taking deep breaths. Pierce's arm still had some swelling, but looked good overall.
Now, Pierce has gauze and an ace bandage. He is learning how to move his arm again. We go back in a few days to see how his range of motion is doing. He's been quite the trooper, but I know he'll be happy when he's cleared for bike riding again!
In the meantime, Pierce received tons of support from friends and family. He got many get well cards and even a couple of fun activities and books to keep him busy while he was laying low. News traveled through the grapevine, and he got cards from three former teachers and his principal! His first grade teacher invited us to meet her for lunch last week, and it made Pierce so happy to see her. It warmed my heart (and Pierce's) to see so many people caring about my little boy, and taking a few moments from their day to send him get well wishes. What could make a kid feel better than that?