We have quite an update today friends! Today was our weekly appointment with Dr. Loder at Riley Children's Hospital. Have I said how much we appreciate Dr. Loder and his kindness?? He is just super, and the nurses are so great to us as well. I still need some ideas on how to thank them, leave me a comment if you have a good idea!
We actually did quite well on leaving on time yesterday, but I took an alternative route that I thought would be faster...ummm, mistake! Even with the GPS, I should not take alternative routes :) My husband is saying "I could have told you that." I am horrible with directions.
Surprisingly we did not have to wait that long in the waiting area this week. There were a few other babies there with club-feet, and it was nice to know that others are going through the same process as Ella is! The first part of the appointment is always the taking off of the casts - we always drape a towel over baby girl so that plaster doesn't fly up in her face.
Casts came off nicely (thanks to nurse Debbie) and here's a short clip of what happened next!
And here is a view right after the casts came off of the right foot and left foot! Looking very nice :) The cotton had not been washed off yet - some of the cotton stays on because of the stuff they use for "glue" to hold it in place.
Look at those perfect feet!
tenotomy next Tuesday! This is great news because it means her feet have corrected in about 4 weeks of casting. She has made such wonderful progress (thank you Jesus). This is one step closer to being finished with the casting process. Some of you might ask "what is a tenotomy?" I have linked an explanation of it, just click on the phrase and you can learn more. Basically, there is a muscle that needs to be lengethened because of the way Ella's feet were. They will do a "heel cord release" to help lengthen this muscle (which is the tenotomy). She will have to undergo general anesthesia for this, but it is outpatient surgery - so she will get to go home that day. After the tenotomy they will re-cast her and she will have those casts for 3 weeks to help stretch the muscle, then on to the shoes. Yay for Ella's progress!
This was what Ell-bell looked like when we got home -- gotta love the headbands, but they have a tendancy to scrunch downwards in the car, hehe! Also, the socks we received from Aunt Jen and Linsday (Mommy's past co-teacher, she also has a great blog). The socks have been SO cute to cover her casts. These are called Trumpette socks and are adorable on her.
One last picture today. This is Ell-bell's "thank you Jesus" moment when they said she would be having her tenotomy next week, and then there will only be 3 weeks of casting left!