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Another year, another cookie

Mallory was in the cookie race again. No idea how she finished overall but she headed out strongly. I saw here smoke someone else from her heat climbing the hill and she tells me she came in second of all the girls she started with.


Mallory at seven Around this time in 2006 Irene and I were settling in to a room at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital, tired, bewildered, but crazy, heart-bursting in love with our newborn child, Mallory.

Cast off

Mallory gets her cast off. Wondering what to do with this naked arm Mallory had her cast off at CHEO this morning. Her arm feels a bit tentative and as anyone who's ever had a cast remembers, the skin on her arm was pretty gross. But she's happy to be free of the thing. As am I.

Pink cast

Mallory and her shocking pink castMallory and I went to CHEO today for a follow-up x-ray and examination of Mallory's arm. And lo and behold she scored this stunning number. So Mallory has two weeks of this just-past-the-elbow cast. It's got more signatures on it now but it's every bit as radiant.

Buckle fracture

Buckle fracture: six weeks later the cast is off
Last Tuesday Mallory fell off a play structure at school when another kid slammed into her. She came home complaining of arm pain and when it was clear that it wasn't going away I put a tensor bandage on it. There was swelling, bruising, no numbness, reduced mobility and reduced hand strength.