Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Christmas Present

Matthew's cast came off today. For me, and I think for Matthew too, it was like Christmas morning. Anticipation was running high. It was a little bit stressful and filled with excitement.

Found a new doctor who was VERY proficient at cast removal. Took it off in two pieces. The way it should be removed.

His foot looks straighter... but the toes, which were not affected by this cast still, to me are pointing inward. Maybe I am too close to the glass. Maybe I am expecting too much. Or maybe, someone will see what I see.

Didn't get a chance to take photos today. Will take some tomorrow and post to see if anyone else sees what I see.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cast Troubles

Matthew's cast was put on to pull the front of his foot to the right. His foot was drifting to the left again. Now, his toes are still pulling to the left, into the cast, causing pain. I was called to the school at lunchtime to see what I could do. I tried trimming, but not sure if I was successful.

Cast removal is next Wednesday.

The kids are counting down for Christmas. I am counting down to cast removal.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Broken Record And Christmas From St. Louis

I know I sound like a broken blogging record when I say I haven't been blogging, I have been busy... but I have been busy. Sorry. Will get back to blogging if not now, at least in the new year. Thank you to all who called, emailed, or called my parents as a virtual kick in the butt. Will try harder...

First things first, Disney was beyond words. I think I have finally finished the movie... will post it here soon. Suffice it to say more fun then ever thought possible, and even more memories.

Second, St. Louis.
Matthew went back to St. Louis to see Dr. Dobbs on the 13th. Went down as always, hoping for the best, preparing for the worst. Didn't even take before photos. For those of you following for a long time, you guessed it, there was a cast. Even despite Matthew's plea

We were lucky enough to have Dr. Dobbs not only look at, but cast his foot. The best news was that because dorsiflexion was good, just the fore foot was drifting (metatarsal drift) he only got a half leg cast(yes, Dr. Dobbs DOES do half leg casts...Christmas colors of course.

As always, the people we see in St. Louis were wonderful. From Jeff who called us to see if we were stuck in the snowstorm, to the family who organized the craft at Haven House, to Kristina and all the staff at the hospital. You made this trip feel like home. And a special call out to Bill, from the Shriner's, who always seems to find us and make things feel more like home.

Matthew's cast will come off on the 22nd. Just in time for Christmas.