Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Ok I have been neglecting the blog. Being a new mom is amazing and stressful all at the same time. So here is the dish on Nolan's latest treatment.

On Jan 5th my husband and I started the trek to LA. While driving up I called Aetna to get his insurance number and tell told me I wasn't covered. I began frantically calling my hr department to get everything figured out and we found that when I called to add Nolan on to my insurance my open enrollment info was changed back to kaiser. My hr told me they would get everything straightened out in a few weeks. I took the opportunity to tell them I wanted to stay with Kaiser. It felt like one of those moments where it was meant to be. Now we are back with Dr. Shoemaker.

A few weeks ago I went to our 3rd appointment with Dr. Shoemaker. He was very upfront and honest with me which I appreciated. He explained to me that casting is the preferred treatment option but there has been no studies to show casting will improve his condition. He also told me that movement is important for proper growth and development. The other option is the stretching exercises we have been doing since has was a few weeks old. The decision was to take baseline X-rays, continue stretching exercises, and take X-rays again in 2 months. Currently the bow of his leg is at a 40 degree curve. As long at it is corrected to 35 degrees or less in 2 months then Dr. Shoemaker is ok to continue with just stretching. In the meantime we are stretching and hoping we do not have to do serial casting!