Nugget got her cast off today (3.5 weeks). We went to the doctor's office, quick xray, doctor said looking good, nurse went at it with a saw which Nugget didn't like at ALL, and then it was off.
Her right calf is visibly smaller than the left. The calf muscles will be weak for a few weeks. Doctor said not to encourage her to walk. Let her go at her own pace. And absolutely NO CLIMBING for three weeks. (I don't know why. That's going to be rough. She's part monkey.) Come back in four weeks.
In the waiting room there was a big wooden train set on a low table that fascinated her, so after the cast was off we let her play with it for a long time. She was standing holding on to the edge of the table, and she fell three times. Either the leg doesn't want to hold her up, or she's bending the knee as if the cast is still on, but there's no bulk now under her foot, which unbalances her. Or both. So, yeah, it'll be a while.
I don't think she truly noticed that she had her real leg back for a while. Back in the car, strapped in her car seat, she looked at her legs, studied them, then she lifted the right leg by the knee and foot, and kissed the calf.
"Welcome back, leg. I missed you."