Matthew's p/t has mentioned this before but now she is getting more insistent. She is really thinking that night bracing is the way to go for Matthew. She feels that he is a bit stiff in the mornings and that night bracing will allow him to keep correction at night and start looser in the morning.
I do understand where she is coming from. In fact, I had told Dr. Dobbs when we were in St. Louis that I wanted a night time brace. He humored me for awhile and then said no, he didn't feel Matthew would need it.
Now, I feel like making the kid where a night time brace and brace him during the day seems like so much. But, then, with clubfoot, kids wear shoes and bar 23/7 for months and then at night for years. So not unheard of. And really, not horrid. It doesn't hurt to wear the brace at night...
And, on nice days (which have been few and far between this summer) he plays in the backyard in the sand without his brace. So maybe he should be wearing it at night.
So why am I balking at the thought?
I knew parenting was a tough job. I knew going into this I would have a lot of decisions to make, some tough, some easy, some even harder. I just didn't think that the decisions I had to make at this age could affect him so profoundly for the rest of his life. Can a wrong decision now mean lifelong pain when walking, running?
By the way, Matthew tried wearing the brace the other night. He fell asleep easily enough but woke after 1 1/2 hours wanting it off.
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