She had a check today, and it went well. (Which we knew it would because of her last X-ray.)
We had appointments at three departments. First stop was the x-ray department where they took a quick picture of her spine without the brace on.
The X-ray tech was a hoot! She had our daughter laughing from the minute she welcomed us.
Our darling daughter doesn't want to be in these photos let alone have her name mentioned, so she took a picture of me in my 101 Dalmatians lead apron.
(Just trying to keep things light for her :)
Next stop was with the orthopedic. The top dog! He was so pleased with what he saw. There has been NO progression on either of her curves. That's a BIG, BIG deal. There was even a slight decrease in both curves.
*Remember, the only permanent fix is surgery. The brace is to keep curves from getting progressively worse until her growth spurt is finished. You can read all of our daughter's treatments explanations here if you want.
He doesn't want to see our daughter for another five months where she will receive another X-ray and spine curve check. She has to continue wearing her brace 8-10 hours a night and work on those physical therapy exercises to relieve discomfort. Then we will head back in January...good news to for us!
Last step was to Orthotics & Prosthetics Department.
Our daughter is growing and so are her bones. And being a growing female, her hip bones are growing as well. This would explain the terrible rubbing pain against her hip bone at night.
With an adjustment here and there, she was good to go, but not before we witnessed a very moving moment...
While waiting for our daughter's brace to be adjusted, we witnessed a young teenage girl trying out her brand new prosthetic leg. It was a full prosthetic, from hip socket to ankle. It was amazing to watch as she practiced her new leg after having outgrown her last one. What REALLY put a lump in my throat was her excitement over getting to paint her "toes" on that leg. I glanced down and saw a matching sandal on her "new" foot and sure enough, it had very real looking toes. Think about it...the shear excitement of getting to paint one's toenails...every teenagers dream! Tears I tell you, tears!
~ Patty ~