The first was done standing. She was 2. They wrapped her with molding material and had her stand with her arms out to her side until it dried.
The second was done during her final casting. She was 3. She was under anesthesia on a traction casting table and the mold was made while her spine was corrected.
The third was made on a casting table. She was 4. This time she was not under anesthesia and full traction was not applied, but the forces of gravity were taken out of the equation.
The fourth was made on a exam table. She was 5. No casting table was available. They wanted to make it while she was standing, but I had such a bad concept of this method that I persuaded them to do it while she was lying down. It was molded in two parts, front and back.
The fifth was just done last week. She is 6. She was standing and wrapped with fiberglass casting tape.
I have grown very comfortable with and confident in the bracing staff at Cincinnati. I like orthotic professionals who work hand in hand with the doctor. Payson does clinic visits with Dr. Sturm. He understands the underlying principle of harnessing the growth of young spines to "teach" them to grow straighter. That buy in is important. Payson wrapped Makenna with the fiberglass casting tape; just like a Mummy. Then as it dried, he gently molded her spine to a straight position, applying pressure where he will add pressure in the brace.
All in all, I am overwhelmed with the blessings we have found along the way. Great doctors, fabulous care, bonds with families and friends that can't be broken and HOPE. There is always hope.