Thursday, May 05, 2005

Surprise!


So we went in to the doctor this morning for Peanut's cast change, and I jokingly asked the doctor, "Hasn't she had enough of this? She's been in a cast for ten weeks". He said, "How long?" The med student said, yes, since her surgery, and the doctor thought a moment and answered, "Well, no, she doesn't need a cast anymore then".

The blue marks on her foot are from the orthotics person marking it up to make his mold for her new KAFOs. She will have braces she wears to bed that keep her legs bent at the knees, and she will have other braces to wear during the day to keep her legs straight so she can start standing. Her stitches will dissolve on their own now that they are out in the air.

Tonight, a bath. Then, we will find a swimming pool.

6 comments:

Anna said...

Awesome!! How great! Mmmmmm, bath time. (: Is she enjoying the air on her foot there?

Dana said...

YEAAA Catie Girl!!!!

We have the baby pool now all we need is the warm weather...

maybe we can get a couple of passes to the Y and talk the kids swimming (well if they don't mind Dana the blubba whale in the pool :)

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I'm not a big blog poster but I feel compelled to tell you about my son--he's 16, so it's been a long time since he was little, but he was born needing several series of casts for a myriad of problems. (He was 9 pounds, very crowded in my womb, and I was in a car accident during my preg.)Anyway, I felt so alone with all of this back then (I was 25!), and the only thing worse than his pain, the looks of "child abuser" I got from strangers who were confused by a kid in a cast, and the craziness of caring for a baby in casts/surgeries was my deep sadness and fear for his future. I know it can sound so nutty and annoying to have someone say dorky things like "keep your chin up," but since there is so little info out there, I thought you might want to hear how my son is now. He hasn't had an ortho issue in 10 years, caught up on all devel delays by age 12, had asthma until about then too, has a weak eye that only bothers him during stress, has a gorgeous crooked smile and one stubborn overlapping toe, (I'm told he will therefore never be drafted & I pray this is true), plays competitive soccer and won 3 MVP trophies and athlete of the year at his school last year (football, soccer, track.)Not that this was ever a goal or should even be admirable in a cultural sense, but it is absolutely amazing to me. And now I complain about the cost of cleats instead of casts. Maybe I just needed to share for my own sake, because your sweet baby's ankle sent me back. Thanks for the bravery of your blog, and for helping me remember the blur of the 1990's. Hang in there with all that you have to do!

betsyl said...

i hope you are taking this opportunity to nibble on yummy yummy baby toes!

Jen said...

Congratulations Catie!!! We can't wait to see you up and standing on your own.

Natalie said...

Great! I had hip to toe casts on both legs at the same time when I was five. I *remember* getting the casts cut off and the feeling of freedom. Not that it made me any more tractable during the PT sessions, but that is another story...