I am SO glad to get this thing out of my house. It's not that we may not need a wheelchair for Ainsley, in fact I am working to get her one because she's too big for a stroller, just not a 16" adult sized chair to accommodate a Spica cast. We packed up the wheelchair and took it to the hospital with us to our appointment today. One advantage of having Children's Hospital as your DME.
Ainsley with her surgeon. The amazing man behind this reconstruction.
He says things look great. You can see the hips look good on the x-ray they took today. We discussed whether to remove the plates that held her legs together post-surgery. We may try to combine it with the eye surgery we are considering for late August, early September.
She has been given the okay to resume normal activity. Because of the intensity of this surgery it may take some time for her to be fully comfortable bearing weight on her legs. Kids can self-protect for a long time afterward. Regardless I'm excited to try doing our normal things like holding her hands to help her walk across the floor or up the stairs and especially to get her back in the walker. AND...We get to stop using the brace when she sleeps! I'm so glad to be rid of that thing. I'll let you know how she does after we've given her a few good workouts (ha, ha). She's really recovered remarkably well. I didn't realize how well until they asked me if she was on any pain meds for it. ??!! Uh......no, not for months. I am amazed at how tough this little sweetie is.