Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The last night with the casts!

This is it!  Less than 12 hours from now – the next chapter in the club foot saga begins.

Tomorrow morning, Mike goes back to the orthopedic surgeon to have his casts removed.  It’s almost sad when you get to see how much fun he has with them.  I know how that sounds – like we are some sort of demented parents.  But it really is true!  We’ve mentioned several times about how Mike has enjoyed “clacking” his casts together and how we were using that as a measure of how his heel no longer hurt.  But little did we know how much he enjoyed it, or how often he really did it, or how hard he really did it, or how little his heel must bother him.  Tonight, while we were having a little party to celebrate the last night with the casts, we noticed that while his left heel was making the familiar “clack”, the right heel was making a dull “thud”.  This was a new development – and as it turns out, Mike has pulverized the plaster in the heel of his right cast!  Now when he tries to “clack” it, all he gets is the “thud” of the cotton padding underneath.  I guess it’s a good thing that they are coming off tomorrow!

So, how do you celebrate with an 11 week old on the eve of getting his casts removed?  I don’t think there is anything in our “new baby instruction manual” about it, so here’s what we did…

We started the evening with a feeding.  And, of course, we put Mike’s favorite “I’m the boss” bib on…

 

Yo - I'm the boss!

That’s right – read it and weep!

Then, after a little supper, we enjoyed some time on the mat…

 

Enjoying a little mat time...

My mat is SO cool!

Clackin' my casts!

Watch me “clack” my casts together!

Then we spent a little time in the “Bumbo” seat…

 

Weeee - look at me!

I love this seat!  And check out my cool rattle!

 

 

 

And after all of that playing – it was time for Mike to pay a little visit to the sandman…

 

Gonk zoom!

All of this playing sure is hard work…

And now Mike is in his bed, sound asleep.  Tomorrow is going to be a big day.  Not because of the cast removal.  We’ve been through that enough to know that it’s a piece of cake.  But after the casts come off, the Dennis Brown Brace goes back on.  And that makes us a little apprehensive (considering how it went the last time…).  But everyone (both doctors and folks that have been through this very thing) has told us that the DBB won’t be any problem at all after the tenotomy.  But we are apprehensive nonetheless.  So be keeping us in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow!  And we will let you know how Mike reacts to his first day back in the brace…

 

 

 

 

5 comments:

Niki said...

Good luck today! Merritt was SUPER fussy for a couple of days after being put in his boots and bar. I remember crying and crying and wishing I could have my happy casted baby back... so strange to remember those thoughts!

A big problem is that his little leg was SO SENSITIVE from being in the cast. I learned some massages and stretches from a PT and did them religiously. I really think it helped him. I would be happy to share the exercises if you are interested... just let me know :)

ps - I totally remember the logic games! I wish they were on the bar... that would make this a lot more fun :P

Niki said...

Hi again... so, I got a little sidetracked from studying (no surprise there!) and read a bit of your blog. I noticed your son was wearing the old version of boots and read about his previous heel sores. I HIGHLY suggest investing in the Mitchel Sandals. I have seen so many complaints about the old lace up boots... I can't believe some doctors still use them. Other than being much softer on your little guy, they also have a hole in the heel so you can see if you have his little feet in place... bonus! The link to the company is on my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions. I really consider myself and boots and bar expert :) Now, let's see if I can obtain some expertise in law... haha

Quad Squad! said...

Keeping you guys in our prayers! Let us know how it goes!

Jo-Ann said...

I can understand your apprehension. I hope it goes well and he adjusts to the DBB well this time.

Waiting to see the update!

Bethany said...

Little Ella just got her new Mitchell shoes and bar this past Wednesday. Things are going well so far...a little fussy the first night, but she ia also starting to teethe!! Hope Mike is doing great with his new shoes.

I'm seriously thinking of starting a "club-foot" business to make covers for the bars and cute shoe accessories...lol, maybe it's on my mind just because I have a girl? :) Hope all goes well!