It's such a nerve wracking day. The waiting is almost unbearable. This time, we took Abby with us. Talk about painfully pointing out how much waiting is involved in the day!!!
Each casting day, I do the same thing. While we wait, I play through all the possible outcomes in my head - just to make sure I am prepared. And so it went yesterday. I prepared myself... over and over. This time they gave us a little buzzer to let us know when the doctor was ready for us. You know, the kind like you get at a restaurant. The black coaster with the red blinking lights...Dave and I chuckled a little considering last time we were there we missed our page and kept the doctor waiting. I'm sure we weren't the only ones who prompted the adoption of this system, but it did bring giggles.
When our buzzer finally went off, we hurried upstairs to get our update. Was I really prepared? We'd find out.
The correction was amazing. She was at 10 degrees out of cast. While they applied this cast, they also molded her for a brace. She will wear this cast for 10 weeks and then transition into a brace!!! This was the news we'd been prayer for and hoping to hear. The one situation that I always quietly prepared myself for, but never dared say outloud.
Our journey is not over. It just starts a new chapter. With a whole other list of new questions. How often is she checked? Do they x-ray at every check? How many hours a day does she wear it? What if she regresses in the brace?
I am cautiously optimistic; but I am optimistic. I have read plenty of stories of children who have transitioned into a brace; only to need a cast again at some point. But we will cross that bridge IF we get there. For now, we give thanks that we caught it early, acted fast, found the right treatment, and got great results :)