On Friday, July 19, 2013, Charlotte received her first cast at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center by Dr. Jefferson Jex. Dr. Jex began the appointment by explaining how her treatment would be completed, which matched up with the Ponseti Method. He guessed that she would need 5 or 6 casts before the surgery to clip her Achilles tendon. She would then be in a cast for 3 weeks and, finally, be put in a brace for 3 months of all-day wear and nighttime wear until age 5.
With the help of his assistant, Dr. Jex began placing her first cast. The process took about 20-25 minutes and Charlotte slept through the whole thing! She was such a champ, and we're so proud of our tough little girl.
Dr. Jex explained that her casts should be changed weekly, so we have our next appointment scheduled for next Friday. This cast will be removed and a new cast will be put in its place. Dr. Jex will manually place her foot in a further corrected position prior to placing the next cast. This process will continue until her foot reaches a correct position.
Charlotte has been somewhat uncomfortable this afternoon as she adjusts to having this big, plaster cast on her leg. Hopefully, it will only take a day or two for her to get used to. I would like to say Thank You to everyone who has been praying for her and for us as we begin this process. Your prayers are being heard and we appreciate them very much!