Nellie rested in bed for the rest of that evening and night, and in the morning she left the hospital on crutches. Percival helped her into the carriage and drove them home.
By the time they arrived back at the store, Nellie's breasts were badly swollen, and the front of her dress was completely soaked with milk.
Once they were inside, Percival helped Nellie out of her dress and into bed. Edna brought Susanna, who was extremely fussy, to Nellie, who began to nurse her right away. Mother and daughter both felt much better instantly.
That evening Nellie was able to hobble around on crutches for a little while. She still had some pain in her leg, but it was nothing like the pain she had experienced the previous night.
"You seem to be doing really well, Nelllie, considering that your surgery was only yesterday," Percival told her. "Just be sure not to overdo it this time. No more dancing for awhile," he added with a grin.
Nellie spent most of the rest of that evening sitting on the sofa with a hot compress on her leg. She had some pain that night but was otherwise able to sleep fairly well.
The following day, Nellie alternated between hobbling around on crutches and sitting with a hot compress on her leg.
As the next several days passed, Nellie's leg grew stronger and stronger, and its muscles became prominent once again as they had been before.
Nellie was tempted to try to walk without crutches, but Percival told her that they'd better wait until she had Dr. Adams' approval first.
"The last thing we need is another setback," he told her, and she knew that she couldn't agree with him more.
One evening, Edna had given Susanna her bath and laid her on a towel on the bed to dry her off when the baby looked at Nellie and suddenly grinned a wide, toothless grin at her.
"Oh look, Percival, she's smiling," Edna called to her son, who had been helping the twins with their homework.
"So she is," Percival beamed. He looked happier than Nellie had seen him in a while.
"What a pretty smile you have," Nellie said softly to her tiny daughter, who made cooing noises in reply.
Nellie went back to see Dr. Adams six weeks after her operation. The doctor was silent as he examined her leg, but she could tell by the expression on his face that he was pleased.
"Have you been having a lot of pain in your leg after walking?" Dr. Adams asked.
"Not anymore," Nellie told him. "I had a lot of pain for the first few days after the operation, but after that it got better and better. Now I don't really have any pain at all anymore," Nellie told him.
"Your bone seems to have completely mended," Dr. Adams said with a smile. "I think we can finally pronounce you completely recovered."
"Oh, honey, that's wonderful!" Percival exclaimed. Tears of happiness rolled down Nellie's face as her husband hugged her fiercely.
"You take care and stay out of the path of wagons from now on," Dr. Adams said as he patted Nellie on the shoulder.
"I think this calls for a celebration," Percival said on the way home.
"Great news!" Percival shouted excitedly as they went inside. "Nellie's leg is completely well now!"
The twins cheered and danced around excitedly.
To celebrate, the whole family went out for dinner that night. After dinner, Percival and Nellie danced to a couple of slow songs, and then the family rode back home in the dusky twilight. Nellie nursed Susanna and placed her in her crib, and then she and Percival went to bed. Percival curled his body around hers and held her close to his chest, and she slowly dozed off listening to his even breathing.