The cast has been on for 8 weeks so there has been a loss of muscle tone in the leg. It is painful for her to walk on but she is a determined little girl and is already hobbling along. She won't bend her knee so tonight I helped her walk while I bent the legs. She just giggled and said I was funny. She went right back to walking like a zombie. The doctor said that it will be two to three weeks for her to be back to where she was before casting but if she still walks funny at that point we need to get her in. Our next appointment for the foot is in 3 months. It looks like she will get a new brace every 6 months or so. I asked the guy making the brace how much they usually cost. No surprise, his estimate was about $500. Shriner's can make them for under $200 but we pay nothing. What a blessing Shriner's is!
I am so excited for Bria to have the cast off. She can now wear all her clothes and not just the ones that will accommodate a cast. She can play in the sand with the other kids. She started sneaking into the sand so Hannah devised a way for her to play with them by putting Bria on a sled in the middle of the sand box. I don't know how well that would have worked if it was much longer than 2 weeks but it was sure sweet of Hannah and the kids to include Bria that way. Most importantly Bria can now take a bath. I was going to soak her in the tub today but she was doing so well getting used to the new leg that I didn't want to interrupt that. Tomorrow she will have a very long bath in hopes of getting most of the dead skin off her leg.
|Bria with the doctor right after the cast was removed.|
|Her club foot was the right one, or in the picture, the one on the left. It seems to me that it looks abnormally straight. Hopefully over time the tendons will relax and make the foot be more normal.|
|These are her nighttime shoes. Looks pretty comfy doesn't it. I'm not sleeping with her anymore. I'll really get a black eye with these when she tries to turn over.|