I've had several questions regarding Katee's new brace, and finally have a little time (and energy!) to answer.
How is Katee doing in her brace?
Immediately after her new brace was put on at the hospital last week, she made it very clear that she was not a fan. She cried for about 4 hours straight. Not exaggerating.
The first several days and nights were frustrating, to say the least. She was basically immobile and couldn't figure out how to scoot during the day or turn around in her crib at night. We have had physical therapy, and I have been working with her too. She is figuring out how to scoot, army crawl, and roll in her brace and that makes her a happy girl. I am confident she will adjust just fine and this will all be a vague memory.
How long does she have to wear her brace?
Katee will wear this brace for 2-3 months, 22 hours a day. After that, she will move to AFOs (ankle braces that you wear with tennis shoes). She will, however, wear this brace at night for several years.
We have been LOVING her two hours of freedom each day. She isn't ready to have her feet in sand or grass yet (they are still so sensitive from being casted), but loves water!
Can she stand now that her feet are straight?
No. Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. Katee will not be standing on unsupported ankles any time soon. Her legs have never been used and are kind of like little baby legs. :) Her doctor's are still very confident that she will walk and we look forward to that day!
What about her dislocated hip?
The doctor will address her hip once we get her feet fully corrected and help her start walking. He is still thinking she will need surgery at some point.
I am thankful we take this all a step at a time. God, in His great sovereignty, didn't let me know all of Katee's needs when she was referred to us. And I am glad; had I known, I would have missed one of life's greatest gifts. She is my daughter and we ADORE her. Together as a family depending on God, we can do hard things. I think this video of another family's experience of an unknown medical need says it all:
Thank you to all of those who have prayed for Katee and have inquired about her newest transition. We are blessed.
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