Archive for February 2009

 
 

2/26/09 Cast is…Off…?

The title of my post is written the way it is because, though Renny’s cast was taken off on Tuesday, she’s not actually out of it.  Because her legs are SOOOOO stiff and her muscle tone is weak (it has always been weaker than most kids because of her lack of walking, but it is even weaker now from being in the cast for almost 6 months), we have to be careful with her.  So, they cut her cast in half and attached velcro to it, and we have to keep her in the cast still pretty much all of the time, except when we change her diaper, we take her out of it and stretch and massage her legs for a little bit.  She is so stiff right now that her knees bend only slightly. 

She was also “molded” for a body brace, which will arrive in two weeks, and by that time she will be able to go into that and be mobile, without the cast, while being protected at the same time.  I’m interested to see what the brace will look like. 

So, the cast was taken off, but not really.  🙂  But, she’s still happy, and we can at least work on loosening her muscles and preparing her legs even more for movement.  Here are a couple of pictures of her new “modified” cast:                                                                                                                                                              P.S.  I also added a Note at the end of “The Birth” page to the right. 

 New Cast     New Cast 2

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2/21/09 A “Disability?” + pics

I again added another Page to the right, called The Choice.  It is not for those who are offended easily when discussing the pro-life vs. pro-choice issues.  🙂 

My mom and I were recently talking about Renny, and she said when I mentioned her having a disability (I think in regards to the blog), it was strange, because she doesn’t even think of Renny having a disability.  And, it’s true – I feel the same way.  I often forget that she has a disability.  To me, she just has some challenges, some limitations, but that’s it.  And, in case I forget to say this, I have never, ever, ever, seen these as a burden.  Renny has never been a burden.  And though we’ve had to go through things that most babies and families haven’t, I don’t even see it as “things we have to go through.”  It’s just there; we just do what we have to.  It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 10:13, where God says he will never give us more than we can handle.  I think that is the case for anyone, anywhere, regarding anything difficult.  We just do it.

We are down to 3 days until the big, stinkin’ cast comes off!  We are so excited!!  Please pray that all will go well, and, especially, that her legs will be nice and strong, that there will be no more fractures, that her legs will recover quickly from being casted so long, and that she can begin learning how to use them soon! 

Here are a few recent pictures of her, including a few of her showing the full hip spica cast, one in her stander, and one of her after she has enjoyed eating some baked beans! 

  Hip Spica Cast   Hip Spica Cast 2

In the stander       Beans!

2/5/09 Just a Note

I thought I would just write up a quick note, since it has been awhile since my first post.  I added another short “Page” to the right called “Reborn.”  It just summarizes how Renny “turned out” contrary to what was predicted.

As for an update, Renny is still in her hip spica cast.  Though I know she’d rather not be in the cast (the last time it was removed, she was the happiest girl ever – laughing continuously, making sounds/babbling that we hadn’t heard from her, kicking her one leg that she can move up and down…it was so neat to see….for the 2 days she had it off!), she does like this latest cast because she can stand up in it.  She is in her stander a lot, and we hold her up by the couch a lot too.  She also likes it when we “walk” with her.  All of this standing, along with her now “calloused” legs resulting from her healing fractures, will hopefully strengthen her legs enough to prepare her more for being cast-free.   A custom body brace will supposedly be made for her also, to provide some extra protection.

The scheduled date for removal is February 24th.  Less than 3 weeks to go!