We went this morning to the pediatric orthopedic surgeon for my daughter’s checkup and my son’s first visit. He has a mild case (which we knew), and “C” is holding at a 55degree curve. It’s a scary level, but they are still not recommending surgery, so we hold onto hope.
“V”: The first thing she said was bile to our ears – “Let’s wait and see 6 months.” As I’ve outlined before, we were given this advice once and it was the worst advice we ever took, and we were not taking it this time. My husband was able to immediately vocalize what my nerves were slowing my brain down too much to process- that the wait and see game wasn’t going to work for us. Our chiropractor, who uses a cutting edge type of therapy to combat curves (I’ll post more about that later) called the Pettibon technique, said we needed a clear MRI for “V” before he’d start his therapy. He didn’t want to “monkey” around with him until we knew there were no cysts or tumors. Well, our surgeon was determined to wait a while on the MRI, and she is pretty certain there is not a cyst because there wasn’t on his older sister, but I like proof, thank you very much. So, June 5th, he and I head down to Mott Children’s hospital in Ann Arbor for his knock-out MRI (bring on the laughing gas!), to see where we stand. We have our fists up to fight this curve as soon as we can. We are no longer settled to wait for traditional, mainstream cures. Our orthopedic surgeon is great, and she understoond our apprehension, and was in agreement.
“C” is holding, but that’s still heavy on my nerves. I am working with her orthotist to get her into a new comfort shorts system for the Spinecor brace. The shorts system looks more comfortable than the straps and snaps than anchor her current brace, but the problem is that they don’t make it small enough. So, this week I’ll be pulling out the measuring tape and shears, and doing what I do best – coming up with a solution (God willing). I believe that just because a solution doesn’t exist yet, doesn’t mean there isn’t a good one waiting just around the bend, with a little creativity and determination – two things a desperate mother has when necessary!
Now off to my much-needed massage at the chiropractor (those hours hunched over a sewing machine produce some nice knots!) 🙂 Meanwhile, my kids will go for a nice swim at Grandma’s neighborhood clubhouse and we’ll have a nice pre-mother’s day celebration with her tonight before heading home. Having my in-laws closer to all our doctors makes the visits a bit easier, that is for sure.
Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!!!