Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Guess what??? No more cast!



This is what you do when you have to wait an hour for your appointment.



First stop, the cast room to take the cast off. The cast guru did a great job explaining things to Ethan and he was fascinated with the tool used to cut off the cast as well as the pliers type things that he used to pry the cast apart.

This is the button on the bottom of his foot. I had no idea what to expect.
You can tell the button was pulled fairly tight to hold the tendon in place. We can't wait for our first bath in 6 1/2 weeks!!!!

Instead of another cast, the surgeon got him a walking cast instead. Ethan is pretty sore and so far today he has stood on that foot for about 5 seconds then he was done, saying that it hurt. It might be a day or two before he's ready to get back up on there. Hopefully we'll be able to get better practice and get back into the swing of walking again very soon.

We then went across town to have molds made for his new braces. We got to pick this time and Ethan chose camo straps with green foam. We should have them in about two weeks.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Learning to walk

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It has taken quite a bit longer than we expected for Ethan to be able to get up and walk on his cast. When we first started getting him up with the cast boot on, it seemed like he couldn't even remember how to walk. He would hold on with both hands and try to lean back against me if I was right behind him and really concentrate on making his feet move. At first it was one a step at a time, then two or three steps, then finally yesterday he was able to start taking several steps, even a few by himself. He is still very wobbly as you can tell, and we need to make sure someone is near to help catch him if he falls, but a lot of improvement. If you notice, he will make his hands into fists to help him keep his balance when walking. He would do this quite a bit before, but a lot more right now.

We go back on Wednesday to take this cast off and the button on the bottom of his foot. After that they will make a mold of his foot in order to make a new brace, then another cast until the brace comes in. At this point he thinks he wants a red cast. We'll see what they have.