Thursday, May 17, 2012

A well needed break

So we went to the ortho yesterday morning and he was happy with Nolan's progress. We took X-rays and it showed that there is new bone growth on the inside of the bow and nothing on the outside. What does that mean? It means his body knows his leg is supposed to be straight and is working on fixing it. We now are on a 2 month break from casting! This doesn't mean we are's just a Ross and Rachael from Friends. We go back in 2 months to do more X-rays and see how is body is handling everything. As of right now there are 3 ways things could go:

1. His body does fine and we don't need anymore treatment till his surgery to correct the leg length in a few years
2. His body is fixing the problem but just not fast enough to support him walking. In that case he will need an AFO which is a shoe like brace to support him when he is walking.
3. There was no correction made during the 2 month break and we are doing a second round of casting.

I am of course voting for #1 but I will not be upset if we have to start another round. Once we got through that first tough time; casting was pretty easy. My biggest complaint was that he wouldn't sleep well. He wasn't unable to reposition and fall back whenever he did wake up he was wailing and it took awhile to calm him back down. Plus every time he woke up he would need to nurse to calm back down. I am just happy that I have been able to successfully breastfeed my little one so that I can give him the love and comforting he has needed during his treatment.

Since we have been cast free for almost a week he is only waking up about 2 or 3 times at night (which isn't a big deal since we co-sleep). He is sleeping from 9pm till 8am. And he is also taking good morning and afternoon naps.

I hit super mom status yesterday when I was able to scrub my bathroom tile floor, seal the tile, scrub the toilet, scrub the countertop in the kitchen, scrub down the kitchen cabinets, sweep the whole house, AND bake banana muffins! I'm pretty sure it was the most productive day I've had since he was born! Today was mopping but it looks like we are having a bit of a nap boycott. He has one more chance until I wrap him to my back and he helps get the chores done.

Attached is new X-ray followed by his first one. It's hard to see the change unless you look at the distal end (ankle joint) of his tibia and fibula. Also remember that this condition takes 5 to 7 years to fully correct. It is easy to get discouraged when you only see month to month and not year to year.

Monday, May 14, 2012

End of cast 3

Here is a picture of Nolan's progress. We finished cast number 3 on Friday and we are enjoying some time off before number 4. We have a doctors appointment on Weds morning. Hopefully Dr. Shoemaker likes what he sees!

Also attached a cute picture from mothers day! Since I now have one of every type of wrap I'll be posting some cast babywearing pictures really soon!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Gooooooood news

Well I think it's time for a happy post to follow up my angry rant. Are you ready for it....Cameron got the job!!!!! We are so so so so so happy! So here are all the benefits of the new job: a raise, no worries about me being a SAHM, we get to keep kaiser (blessing and a curse), we get to stay in San Diego, and lots of advancement opportunities. I married one of the most amazing guys out there. I am so fortunate to have found someone who has all the same values I do and can provide for our family.

Now about Nolan....we are 1 week into cast number 3. Dr. Shoemaker will be doing X-rays after cast number 4. There is a possibility that we might be done for a while after that cast. There will still be plenty of more steps in his treatment but it would be nice to at least be done with one of them.

I know it has nothing to do with his treatment but here are some pics of Nolan's first hike!