update on lane

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Lane saw the pediatric orthopaedist today, and the news is encouraging. The left arm looks good, and they replaced the cast with a waterproof one so that he doesn't have to worry about keeping it dry. That will help a lot with bathing and showering. The right arm is still stable, which is encouraging. He'll have to keep the splinted full-arm cast for at least 2.5 more weeks, but after that if it's still stable and there doesn't seem to be a bend (not sure what she meant by that) they'll switch that one to a waterproof forearm cast, as well. In the meantime, I've ordered a waterproof cast cover so he should be able to start bathing and showering this weekend.

No additional restrictions on his activities (other than not participating in gym or sports)--he can continue to try to figure out strategies for typing, dressing himself, etc.

We discovered last night when he called me complaining about a rash that he seems to have an allergy to codeine. :( So they're taking him off the Tylenol with codeine, which is probably a good idea at this point, and switching him to just a combo of acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

The Dragon Naturally Speaking software arrived yesterday, and Lane's started puzzling out how to get it to work with his favorite programs. It's a challenge, but he seems to be making progress. (In a few hours he went from "It won't work with my AIM or Second Life software" to "I can get it to work about half the time.")

My mother returns to Rochester from Mexico today, and will be able to help Erin out with the necessary care and feeding. And we'll be back late Sunday night.

In the meantime, the suggestions here have been great...many thanks to those of you who offered up such creative and useful ideas for coping strategies!

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Thanks for sharing the good news, Liz.

I've been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking off and on at work. It was frustrating at first, but I was diligent in training it (which means spending the time to correct its mistakes) and after about a week or so it really became quite good at understanding the idiosyncracies of my speech. I haven't tried it with SL, but I'd be curious to see how that would work.

Forgot to add - best wishes to Lane for quick healing.

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