Here's our family, listed from best to worst, orthopedically:
1. I am fine. Moms can't have anything wrong with them.
2. Steph needs only two more physical therapy sessions and she will have "graduated"! She has only a slight limp now. What a long haul, and what a trouper.
3. A few weeks into track season, Pete developed shin splints in both legs, which turned out to be stress fractures, so that quickly put an end to that. He is mostly just supposed to not run, and let them heal themselves, and then he'll go in for a gait assessment in a couple of weeks.
4. Julie and another girl kicked each other in yesterday's soccer game, and her big toe got all swollen and purple. I took her in for x-rays this morning and, sure enough, it's broken. There's nothing to be done except wear a very stylish shoe thingy (sort of like Steph's very stylish boot thingy, but it doesn't come up high). They referred us to an orthopedist who specializes in feet, so I'll call him tomorrow. She is obviously done with soccer for the season and also couldn't do the AIDS Walk today, which was a big disappointment.
5. Andy had been suffering for weeks from sciatica again; he finally went for an MRI and learned that he blew out another disc. Which explains why this is pretty much the worst pain he's ever experienced (and that's saying a lot). He got a steroid injection in his spine on Thursday, but he still had to miss Steph's high school graduation, which was a huge bummer for everyone. The steroid injection could provide relief as soon as 2 days, or up to 10 days, or never at all. So far, nothing, but here's hoping....
Sorry to end on such a downer; to brighten things up, here's a proof from Steph's graduation (yes, I know you're not supposed to do this, but things have been kind of hectic around here, so sue me):