I didn't intend to take a break from the blog, but it definitely got pushed to the back-burner! I have no idea how to catch up, so I'll compose a brief update on Katee since so many of you not only prayed her home, but also prayed for us during her recent surgery. We are so thankful for that!!
The big cast is a thing of the past! We were ALL so thrilled to get that thing off! When the technician asked if we wanted to keep her cast, there was no hesitation . . . NO!! (Although it was strange to see it in the trashcan on our way out!)
Katee was pretty sore after the cast was removed. We administered pain medication around the clock the first week as it was important to get the joint moving as soon as possible. Pain would have made her afraid to move. The plan worked--our crazy girl was trying to walk the day her cast was removed!
At her one month post-cast visit, her x-ray revealed a beautifully healing hip. Katee stands straighter now and claims to like her "new hip." She even thanked the doctor for it. :)
She is having some pain and difficulty with her left knee since coming out of the cast. She guards it like crazy and doesn't allow it to bend much at all. According to her Chinese file, she has a "left knee function obstacle" (love the wording! ha!) and the casting made it worse. We are hoping to get the flexion in the knee back to where it was prior to surgery (which wasn't great, but very functional) with therapy and stretching; but, we may need to look into surgery/second opinions. There's always something, right??
Katee spent November and December re-learning to walk. She had physical therapy twice a week for 6 weeks and it helped tremendously. She used a walker during those months and walked independently again over Christmas . . . exactly a year after she learned to walk the first time. :)
Now she's building confidence, gaining speed, and trying to climb like her siblings.
The big surgery is over, she's healing beautifully, and I'd do it all again for her. These kids are so worth it.
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13
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