Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cast Number 7

 Hi Everyone.  We have been crazy busy.  Not just normal busy...but packing up the house and moving a couple of states away busy.  Relocation with kiddos is an entirely different beast from what I am used to.  But things are good.  We were able to find a beautiful home in a great neighborhood and amazing city.  But for now we are in corporate housing so things area little stressful.  Y'all, we don't even have a vacuum cleaner.  It's rough.  (First world problems rough).

But this little girl is handling it pretty well.  And her brother is pretty pumped about staying in a "hotel."  Both kids have been sleeping past 7 a.m.  And so has momma.

 We do a lot of sitting around.  And watching television (and sharing snacks).  And playing with the handful of toys that we brought with us.  We have also joined a children's museum but with remodeling on the home and checking on contractors, we have only been able to go once.
 But now for the "meat and potatoes" portion of the post.  Allyn got Cast #6 off this past week.  Her back looked about the same.  But it's clear that she is doing some growing. 
 She is always such a beyond pleasant child with her cast off.  She loves being able to sit and bend and kneel without the extra weight and restriction. 
 We also took a little mini-vacation to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  We had planned to go to the beach but casting schedules were modified and our vacation week changed and then no one could go.  I'm still a little bummed about it (again, first world problems), but it was nice to be able to schedule a couple of days away less than a couple of hours from the house.  Nolan was again excited about the hotel and the indoor waterpark.  Allyn took a while to warm up to the waterpark.  I had to hold her the entire time the first day.  By the second day I was able to sit with her in the water after being there for a few HOURS.  She didn't much care for all of the splashing in her face.  And for a child that is kept away from most water, can you blame her?

Yeah, so we are back in the Chicagoland area.  It makes treatment for this awful battle with scoliosis a little easier.  We were able to wake up and drive less than an hour to the hospital.  From our temporary house.  And it will be the same from our house.  I hope this makes her acclimation to each cast a little easier. 

 Her spine is still around 40 degrees.  BUT the rotation is getting better.  When looking the vertebrae, you can see a white dot on each side.  On her left side (the right side of the picture), we can see two more white dots on this film than we could on the last.  Hopefully this is giving her a better shot at symmetry and improving her lung volumes.  And maybe once we get her a little more untwisted, we can work on getting the curvy out. 
 And recovery this time around was even better.  I think having her bubba around to terrorize certainly helped her feel much better. 


Jen said...

She is so sweet. I lived in Chicagoland for 12 years so if you have any questions about anything, let me know.

Shelley said...

We actually lived here about 6 years ago. Of course that was pre-kids. So I'm sure things will be a little different this time around.