Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cast removal day... And my birthday!

My 27th year on this earth was a big one! Not because I am now in my late 20's instead of mid 20's (which is kind weird)! But because my sweet little Marli shed this beast of a cast!
Here is how the day went (please ignore how the pictures are all out of order. I uploaded them on my I-phone using the blogger app... and well... they just aren't in order, sorry!)

So after dropping Avery off at her friends house (thanks again Kristen) and picking up Jordan from work we showed up a bit early at our Orthopedic Surgeon's office ready to go. They got us in right away and got right down to business!

It took about a half hour to remove the cast, the guys doing it were great! Super calm and efficient! I was so glad Jordan could come because he was able help hold Marli down and clam her, well as much as she could be calmed! She was quite upset... but who could blame her! She did wear the ear muffs pretty good that they provide, but the saw is still quite loud and they have to maneuver her around... not too pleasant. The fibre glass around her thighs was so thick! They really had to work through that.

After the cast came off, we cleaned her up and bit, and headed down the hall for an x-ray. This clinic at the Stollery is so great and efficient! We have been so happy with everyone!

This is an inside shot of the cast... just thought you would all enjoy an inside shot of the poop and urine stains... nice hey! ;)

Above: Me and my girls enjoying some cupcakes Jordan picked up from a bakery downtown.

Below: Just after the cast removal and x-ray. She was quite worked up for a while, the bottle helped clam her down a bit. And her cast beside us, love this picture! My sister kamry had a funny comment. Avery (my 3 year old) has a imaginary friend named Noga, Kamry said to tell Avery that Noga needed the cast and that was her in the cast! haha!

We decided not to keep.. the cast! Pictures are enough memories from that thing, but glad we got some pictures before it hit the trash can.
Marli before the cast was removed quite amused with the ear muffs... they looked more like a tasty toy that had to make it to her mouth!
Cast removal, so sad!
Finally smiling after cast removal!
Hanging out after her x-ray and waiting for Dr. Dulai to come talk with us. She keeps her legs in that position all the time. She kicks and moves a bit more today, but yesterday they were pretty much in that position the whole time.
More eating the ear muffs...
Her first real bath in 12.5 weeks! The first 10 minutes she was not a fan, cried quite a bit. But then (with the help of her sister playing with her) she decided it was kind of nice. You cannot imagine how nice it was to give her a proper bath! Her skin condition was actually quite good! The guys who removed her cast said it was really good for most of the spica cast kid they have seen!

Her knees were calloused in the creases, and behind her knees is red and rashy. Her upper thighs have a bit of a red rash on them, partly where some poop snuck too... gross I know! But not too much. After her bath and a good strategic lotion job, her skin is almost good as new today!

So once we met with Dr. Dulai she informed us of the results. She was pretty happy with them. The right hip was great, and has never really been too much of a problem. Her left hip in the beginning was completltye dislocated and the hip socket needed to be formed more. The x-ray yesterday told us that the hip was in the proper position , and the left socket had also formed more, but still have a little bit more forming to do.

Because of that she has prescribed a "Ilfeld" brace. We have an appointment Thursday with the Orthodox clinic to fit her for that brace. She will need to wear it for roughly 22 hours a day. She will have her clothes underneath it. We can take it off her for baths and to go swimming and play for a bit or short car rides! So that is better than I expected. Also the Ilfeld brace looks better than I expected as well.

But for now we have her with no brace, its so strange! I never thought I would say this, (but aside from loving snuggling her little body and putting on cute clothes that she hasn't been able to wear until now) I'm actually looking forward to the brace! She is so floppy and has not learned like most 7.5 month old to support her back and sit up etc. She needs a lot of support and we need to be careful to keep her legs out at that angle too. It is hard to put her anywhere that I'm used to putting her (like her feeding chair at the table or chair Jordan built her) for her to play or when I need to get things done. Hopefully the brace with give her some security and support that I think we both need her to have.

She is to wear her brace for 3 months and then we have another follow up with Dr. Dulai. I have a feeling that is things continue to progress she will be down to naps and nights with the brace... or maybe nothing! But I'm not going to get my hopes high!

Jordan also made sure the day was very special with all my favourite treats, some lovely perfume and HUGE surprise... Lady Antebellum tickets for Saturday! I was totally surprised, for sure they are my favourite band! Cannot wait to go with my sweetheart this weekend!

For now I'm enjoying this sweetie pie in her normal clothes and holding her real close! Thank you all for your love, support and prayers!


Sheri said...

That makes me soooooo happy for you! It really was hard to see just how big that cast was until you showed the pics of it off of her.
I hope things continue to progress and that the hip just keeps on forming the right way.

Jerry Aulenbach said...

What a great birthday present. So happy for you!


The Wolff Den said...

Breanne, I'm so happy for you!! I can't imagine not being able to hold my little man close, you have so deserved this "reunion" of sorts! Enjoy the concert! How fun!

Scott and Tara said...

I'm glad it is finally off! Loved the pictures, especially the one of the inside of the cast :)
She is one happy girl and I am sure you are one happy mommy now too!

Julie said...

what a cutie!!! so happy she got it off and things are going good. what a trooper. happy birthday!

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Anonymous said...

So happy I found this blog! My 9 month old daughter is in a spica hip cast. It's so nice to hear from others that have gone through what we are going through. So happy to hear the cast is off and you and your daughter are doing well :) We live in Calgary, do you happen to know of any spica cast support groups?? Thank you!