Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Phase II of Project Straight Leg

Yesterday was our follow up appointment with our surgeon. Jared has done pretty well with his cast for the past two weeks. It only really hurt for the first night. Everyone had fun signing it. Here is what it looked like:First, they cut off the old cast. Jared was a bit nervous about this, but there was no screaming, so it couldn't have been that bad. After the cast was off, they let his skin breathe for a few minutes. The surgeon even had him get up and walk around a little bit. He was wobbly as newborn Bambi, but he can walk, kind of. It is progress.
After the walking, four people came into our closet like room. They brought in the big guns with that guy in the blue shirt. First, the guy in the white coat named Pete, stretched and pulled on Jared's leg and knee.
Next they prepared his leg for the cast.

While Pete held the leg straight, blue shirt guy applied the cast.

Finally, they both pushed on the cast to help it stay as straight as possible while the cast hardened. They did a good job. The old cast had his leg at 30 degrees, and the new one has it down to about 8 degrees. It is practically straight.
So it was a very successful trip and made even better by the fact that I remembered to bring my camera to document the whole thing.

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Kristina P. said...

I'm glad he's doing so well!

Smart Helm said...

That is awesome! I like the fact that Jared is smiling through the whole process. And that lady in the background. What was her job?

I missed u at church cuz I knew u woulda had me introduce my sisters in SS and I was all ready... but it didn't happen. Sigh.

Oh yes, and I missed ur company as well :-) Hope ur feeling better!

Jen said...

My five year old had a full cast on his leg when he was about 15 months to straighten out his pidgeon toe. We went back once or twice to have it re-set.

On a toddler it's really cute. I'm sure Jared is cute too...

Eliza said...

I'm so glad that this is working! Now you just have to keep on the school work. Ugh.

Shauna said...

Glad he is doing well! I miss you! Hope you are doing well too!
♥ Hugs :)

April said...

YEAH!!!! Is that a light I see at the end of the tunnel? And a smile....was that a smile???? WOW!!! Teenagers CAN smile!!!

Glad you could document that!

Marjorie said...

Way to go Jared! I am way jealous that I don't have a cool cast like yours! Hmmm, maybe I should start having people sign my shinny dome! But I guess that would be too silly! Anyway Pat, glad to hear that things are still continuing to progress. I think I see some light at the end of that tunnel as well.