So we went in, had the big cast taken off, and then went upstairs to the X-Ray place.
It was in the X-ray that the full realization of how much her muscles were affected hit me. She couldn't move her knee without crying. Everything hurt, and she didn't want to be touched. We eventually got the x-ray, dried the tears, and went back to the orthopedist. When he came in he explained to her that when she fell she also twisted, so it wasn't a clean break. The top part of the tibia is trying to connect with a triangular bottom piece so it takes a little longer. Unfortunately her bones had still not completely filled in, so she would need to go into a shorter cast - below the knee.... for four more weeks. The tears started flowing again because not only does she have to stay in a cast, she has to start PT for tired little muscles.... GOOD THING I know a physical therapist, and have her on speed dial. We left knowing that it would be a total of 11 weeks, and MAYBE next time she will get a removable boot cast, or MAYBE even not have to wear anything on the foot.
By this evening she was starting to move her knee, but still won't put weight on her left foot much, and she had replaced the tears with ice cream - which just helps make everything better.