So it occurred to me today that our journey in the spica cast is almost over...we hope! We have an appointment on September 19th with the surgeon in the plaster clinic and have been told the cast is coming off...what follows that, we are a little uncertain about as we don't have a lot of information. The surgeon indicated before her first surgery that once the cast comes off Addison will then go into a brace. The brace that we have been told she will most likely go into is called the Ilfeld brace...and again, we have next to no information about that. We are not sure if that brace will have to stay on her 24 hours a day / 7 days a week or whether we can take it off to bathe her. We also don't know how long she will need to wear the brace, whether it can go over her clothing or under...so many questions. Needless to say we are a bit confused as to what comes next. We are, however, very much looking forward to the cast coming off but, at the same time, are a little nervous about it. We are not sure how Addison will feel about having her cast removed, as she is quite adjusted to life in the cast...and really, at this point, does not know life before the spica cast! Will she be able to sleep in her brace? Will the brace bother her more or less than the cast? I guess we will just have to wait and see and, like the spica, take it one day at a time when the time comes.
Addison also had her follow up today with Dr. Olson, the pediatric plastic surgeon that removed the extra bit of skin near her right ear. He took a quick look at her scar and indicated that everything was looking great. They biopsied the skin they removed from her ear and it was, as he suspected, just a little bit left over from the formation of her ear. So that was great news. And it was great to tie up that loose end.
Now we just need to make it thru the next week and a half...and we will be onto the next phase of this journey with Addie and her clicky hips!