One of the things I haven’t really touched on in my postings is Glo-Worm’s foot. I take for granted everyone knows he was born with a Club-Foot. The short definition – the Achilles tendon is too short and it pulls the heel up and turns the foot in towards the body. My baby the day he was born.
With the excellent help from doctors near and far…our kiddo is doing wonderful. On our visit to the Shriners Hospital in August, the nurse had to consult her chart to see which foot was the club foot when she had Glo-Worm walk for her. On our last visit in November, our visits went from every 3 months to every 5 months. When I went to the counter to make our next appointment, this was the conversation:
The Mommy: I need to make an appointment for five months
Front Desk: ohhhhh, someone’s doing what the doctors told them to do.
The Daddy & I have different time frames in mind when Glo-Worm will finally be out of his braces:
The Daddy seems to think it is between 5-6 years old…Me, I seem to remember a conversation saying 3-4 years old. We are going to sort this time frame out on our next visit. The doctors seem to be all of the same idea that it really is a case by case basis as to how long each child will need to wear the braces. Glo-Worm wears his now 14-16 hours a day…bedtime + a few hours and nap time takes care of this. There have only been a handful of times he has fought me about putting his shoes on before nap time. There have been occasions where he has not worn them for naps…he fell asleep in the car. For the most part we are strict on the 14-16 hour time frame they gave us.
When they informed us of his foot during our first ultra-sound (for real, they could tell that early), we did the research. One of the most exciting things for me was to see how many famous and athletic people were born with club foot. It was good to see the reality, if we did was expected of us, there were no limitations on what our son could accomplish. Not that we had doubts as to what he could accomplish, but this gave us a fresh perspective on what he could accomplish.
His feet today…pretty amazing huh?