Apparently, if you *have* to break a bone, it is a good thing if you can also manage to be a healthy, athletic teenaged boy at the time.
I took Thing One in for his two-week checkup with the orthopedic surgeon today and the X-ray and physical exam showed that his broken collarbone is healing beautifully. It's back to behaving like one bone instead of two. (As a reminder, he did a real number on it; it broke completely through in the middle and the fractured ends displaced a little.) He'll still be in the brace at school for a couple of weeks, but at home he can take it off for light activity, which absolutely boggles my mind. Two weeks ago that bone was in two pieces (plus a tiny extra fragment or two) and it's already knitting back together! The doctor commented that you just don't see that kind of healing in anyone other than kids.
Now, to keep him still for another two weeks until the new bone has a chance to solidify. I may have to sit on him to get that to happen! He was trying to dribble a basketball the other day...guess that arm is feeling pretty good.