We had a checkup with Dr. Li at the University Of Michigan O&P on Friday, which was incidentally my son’s 16th birthday. As she predicted the last time, he was given the great news that he is DONE with bracing! He’s been bracing on and off for about 10 years and our family has been bracing two kids on-and-off for about a dozen years or more. So, he is very happy and we are, too!!
Take note, parents of long-time bracing: I can’t actually remember how long we’ve been bracing, which is a GOOD THING. Someday you will stop counting the days until they are “done” and life just takes over and the new normal kicks in and “all of a sudden”, your kids are grown and you are done bracing. I wouldn’t recommend rushing the first part, even if you can’t wait for the second part.
So, happy 16th birthday to my son. We are grateful for the best gift every – an end to bracing AND a spine that has stabilized in the upper 20s/lower 30s. And, one where both his curves match, so he is “symmetrically crooked”. We will TAKE IT!