Washington DC Trip #2

On the weekend of February 14, 2010, my whole family made the journey again to the Northern Virginia/ Washington DC area to get updates made to “C”‘s brace.  February 14 is affectionately called by my family “V-Day” because it is not only Valentine’s Day, but, more importantly, “V”, my son’s, Birthday.  So, we had fun plans to head out to DC on Wednesday afternoon, spend Thursday and Friday with Luke from Orthotic Solutions, then we had family joining us from Southern Virginia to celebrate the big “V-Day event”.  Then the news hit – a blizzard was on it’s way to DC – again.  I spent many months planning this trip to coincide with a break that my husband had at school so that he could meet Luke and see how things went with her brace adjustments and to just enjoy the city

together.  I was, needless to say, in a panic.  I also was coming off of a three week long-term substitute teaching job at an area Middle School and had no time for this pesky snow!!  Nevertheless, it came, and we weren’t sure what to do.  Thankfully, one call to Luke at Orthotic Solutions and my fears were abated.  We would travel out Thursday, after the snow, and he would make extra room in his schedule (which happened to be on Saturday) so we could still accomplish our mission. 

We headed out Thursday morning and the drive was pretty carefree – books on CD in the car kept us quiet and happy until we got to my Aunt and Uncle’s place in Sterling, VA. 

On the road

 The next day we headed over to Orthotic Solutions in Fairfax, Va, for “C”‘s evaluation.  “V” made himself happy rearranging the furniture and building forts in their playroom while my husband got to meet Luke while “C” got her evaluation done.  Luke decided that, although we are getting improvement, that he would make her a new daytime brace to continue to push her further toward a correct position.  He also added a piece in front of her right shoulder to keep her shoulder from coming forward – but, we found out soon after that this also prevents her from reaching certain things in front of her – like sink handles in public bathrooms.  She looks a bit more “robotic” now, but she’s getting used to the changes.  She also has trouble reaching her feet to put her socks on, but I plan to find one of those devices in medical catalogs to help with that.  It took her a couple weeks to adjust to the changes, but, as typical of her, she’s doing great now.  My biggest mistake was forgetting the Motrin after her appointment – we headed into DC for some sightseeing and she was very sore!  It wasn’t nearly as bad as when we took the train BACK into VA – I was so motion sick, I thought I was going to DIE! 🙂 

Walking In Washington DC

We survived Saturday – getting the new brace and having a fun afternoon and evening with family.  Sunday we had a “Chuck E Cheese” devotional, courtesy of my Uncle Dean, who is an ordained minister, then headed out to Chuck E. Cheese for some fun to celebrate “V”‘s Birthday!  The kids racked up 711 tickets – a new high, and we enjoyed our family time.  My Aunt Annette made “V” a racecar cake in the shape of a 6 (wouldn’t want to drive on that track!).  It was delicious.  Monday morning we headed home and, although we were driving along piles of snow the entire trip, we didn’t actually drive in any falling snow until we were about 30 minutes from home – and that’s just normal. 🙂

Vaughn Blowing out those Candles!
"V" Blowing out those Candles!
"C" and "V" with Cousin Beth - their favorite!
Thanks to our hosts, my Aunt Glorianne and Uncle Dean, who make our trips out to DC pleasant and comfortable and help us in so many ways!  Thanks to My Aunt Annette, Uncle Rick, and cousin Beth for coming out for the party, and, of course to Luke Stikeleather of Orthotic Solutions and his staff for being wonderful, encouraging, competent, considerate, and all-in-all a fantastic team to partner with for our daughter’s spinal health! 

Stay tuned…we have made our three day appointment to travel to Stevens Point, WI in April for an introduction to the Schroth Physical Therapy technique.  Another new adventure!

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