Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Serial Casting: They're On
Well, they're on. Day 1. Just in time for 100+ degree weather. Thank you to all who sent us well wishes and kept Oia in your thoughts today. She was an absolute trooper for all of the casting process; never got upset once even though she had to lay on her tummy the entire time. Dr. R said Oia was more tolerant than even his older patients.
Both feet seem to be casted at the desired 90 degrees; left foot may even be a couple of degrees more than that. It's hard to tell exactly. No doubt that both legs are getting a good, continuous stretch.
And as I suspected, she can not walk in these (yet, I hope), even with the canvas sandals that were given to us to wear over them. It seems that right now it's very uncomfortable for her to stand and bear weight throughout her legs with her feet in this position. Today it was just too much. I can only imagine how weird and confusing this must be for her. Last night before I put her down at bedtime, we were sitting on the couch reading a few books. When we were done, I rubbed her legs and told her that in morning we were going to see Dr. R who would be putting casts on her legs. She listened, glanced at her feet, and then sighed. Bless her heart. She doesn't completely understand what's going on. I'm not sure of any child her age who would understand all of this but so far she's handling it very well.
Tomorrow is a new day. We'll try to walk some but we'll take it slow. I'm not going to force her until she feels comfortable. I know our girl will give it a go when she's willing and feeling more confident. Regardless of whether or not she is walking or just sitting, her muscles are getting the stretch they need and that's the main focus of these two weeks.