I'm not sure what I was expecting or why I hadn't processed that this visit would feel very different. But when our appointment was over in 20 minutes, I felt very strange. But this is where we are at, and it's good ~ it's GREAT!
Makenna has acheived great results from the casting. We did not get x-rays this visit, which means her spine hasn't been x-rayed since August. That makes me a little nervous and I am curious what the x-ray looks like... but I have to respect the fact that the doctor feels he can monitor by clinical evaluation and that there is no need to expose her to more radiation at this point. You can clearly see her spine when she bends over and touches her toes ~ it's as good as an x-ray. We will go back in 4 months for another follow up....and he says he'll do an x-ray then ;)
We did extend our visit by chatting with Gwen; the nurse who took care of Makenna on every visit. She is a wonderful, caring, inspiring woman who takes such good care of her tiny patients and feels very close to each of them. Makenna loves visiting with her!
But now that I have realized what our new 'normal' appointment will be like, I am thinking I will schedule better and make a weekend of it!