We took “C” and “V” to the Orthopedist last week and were thrilled when she said that “V” was holding in his curve, but dismayed when we found out that “C”‘s curve had increased from holding at a 54 degree to being at a 63 degree in four months. Because of this, we have decided that the Spinecor is not able to hold her any longer and we are traveling to the Washington DC area to get her fitted for a Cheneau brace. The Cheneau brace is relatively new to our country, but has been used in Europe with great success for many years. It deals with the three dimensional rotation like the Spinecor does, but it is a more rigid, plastic brace. It has far less material and is much lighter than a Boston brace, however. We are excited for this new adventure and hope it will help us maintain “C”‘s curve, if not see a few degrees of improvement. I will still support Spinecor patients with my EmBraced in Comfort bodysuit, and I may grow into new clothing needs for rigid brace users. I don’t know. God has a plan, I’m just following it one day at a time. There is much to learn on this journey to wellness and I’m happy he’s next to me for the ride.
Hello everyone. It’s good to be back. I have been so bogged down in re-designing and patenting the new design of the bodysuit that I have neglected to post for over a month! For shame! I’ve gotten some great emails, though, from parents (and children) of patients, wanting to find a more comfortable alternative for their scoliosis patients. Well, here it is: photos of the new design. I am still offering for you to try it for free, but only for a couple more weeks, so contact me now! However, when my website goes live, the bodysuit will be offered at a very reasonable price and with a money-back guarantee.
You may notice some differences between this design and the last one, but the main thing to note is that the pelvic girdle (a nice way of saying “crotch”) area is more enclosed. I’ve reduced gapping at the inner thigh and the pelvic girdle flap closes on top of the opening to allow for greater coverage, which means less chaffing and rubbing and all those annoying things! You will also notice some of the seams are on the outside of the garment. This is not to start a new fashion trend! It is, of course, to increase comfort and elminate seams pressing into the skin of the wearer.
I’ve also modified my daughter’s shorts for the brace by widening the hole. I probably didn’t need to widen it quite this much, but she likes it better that way (more of a security that the brace won’t get “messed”), so we tried it. I open the hole, finish the edges professionally, and then add a padded moleskin patch to the edges where the greatest tension is. So, on the rare occurance at the end of the day where the gap at her pelvic girdle opens up, the moleskin is the only thing rubbing her thighs, and her chaffing has been eliminated completely. We put her in her bodysuit, put the Spinecor shorts on top of it, and strap her in and then she’s in for the day without having to undo ANYTHING! She just unsticks the flap and pulls it back when she needs to use the facilities, brings it back forward, and attaches it. Easy. And, on days like today, when she’s bouncing in inflatable castles at the fair and is sweating buckets – the bodysuit absorbs the sweat so she doesn’t have any additional discomfort. (Although it was kind of a mess!) 🙂
I hope you enjoy the photos. The pink is the bodysuit, the white is the Spinecor Brace, and the dark pink is the moleskin pad that I attach to the Spinecor Shorts. The bodysuit and the moleskin patch are available in white, if your patient is not as into pink as mine. 🙂