So Diva started complaining of burning/swelling/itching in her calf last Friday. Was okay over the weekend (with foot elevated to ceiling, LOL) but I ended up picking her up early from school on Monday (only 2nd day she's missed - what a trooper!) and we went in yesterday. They removed the cast a couple days early, and she had some weird skin reaction - little blisters up from ankle to knee, clear skin on the knee, but then more blisters from above the knee to top edge of cast. RN was trying to tell me it was a reaction to antibacterial soap - ummm, no, I don't think so. Not 5 weeks after the fact. Dr. was fascinated but clueless. Yep, must be my kid - we just don't do things by the numbers around here. So got brace, can flex 20 degrees for now, only toe-touch weight bearing, still in wheelchair. Hydrocortisone for funky rash, which thankfully is already looking less awful. She gets home from school today and we unwrap the pillow cases (covering the blisters to keep them clean) from her leg and her knee is the size of a cantaloupe!!!! I call dr. office and get some idiot who I thankfully haven't dealt with before who tells me in a superior voice, "Well, I *heard* the nurse tell Diva that she would get swelling." Um, yes, in her *foot*, not in her knee to swell it up 3 times the size it was yesterday. Honestly, I do fine with- this stuff until people start talking down to me, and then I lose it. I gave the phone to husband and told him to deal with it. Which actually was kinda cruel - clueless (husband) talking to cluelesser. Dr. did call - he thinks it's leg not being as elevated as before in the wheelchair because we've lost the support of the cast along with the strap placement on the brace - there are 4, with 1 right above and 1 right below the knee - not exactly cutting off circulation but certainly putting pressure on the leg there and promoting the swelling. For a guy whose bedside manner is so-so at best, he did *really* good on the phone tonight. So foot is once more elevated to the ceiling and she's got frozen corn on the knee (why can you never find an ice pack when you need one? I know we have at least 5 of them, somewhere). And I'm sitting there adjusting her, just sobbing. Good job, Mom - don't freak the kid out or anything. Sigh.... I don't do fear well. At all. Still. After all these years. Parenting is just terrifying sometimes.