Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Andrew's Leg Update

Andrew's left foot turns in pretty severely. He also tiptoes with it. We just got a third opinion today on what it might be. They said it might be a type of cerebral palsy. Basically, a brain connection is missing that goes to the muscle in his lower calf that keeps the foot flat. They think something might have happened at birth or perhaps during his bunk bed accident. This doctor from Hood River said that a night brace or possibly a day brace could help. He recommended us to go back to the Children's Hospital at OHSU or Shriners and keep following up. He said that when he is older a surgery might be the best solution to cut the tendon on the heel to relieve the tightness that is in the muscle. Obviously, this would have to be a last ditch measure.

We are happy to know that we aren't crazy and that there might be something else we can do at this point. So I need to make a follow up appointment within the next couple of months for Dornbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

He really cautioned me to not let Andrew sit on his feet. I didn't even realize that it could make the problem worse. So I need to be aware of him doing that.

I'm tired and need to get dinner ready. Just wanted to especially let the Grandparents know where we are at on it.



Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I'm praying God will give you guys wisdom in knowing how to deal with Andrew's leg. I know it must be hard with everyone telling you what different thing you need to try. I'm praying God will give you the discernment you need. Love Ya!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Thank you!

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