Sunday, January 12, 2014

Part-time Wear

This post is long overdue, but life has been so busy for our family lately! We went to Bethesda on December 17th for Charlotte's follow-up appointment with Dr. Jex. When he walked in, he left her socks on and moved her feet to try and figure out which one was the club foot. Her feet had such good dorsiflexion that he almost couldn't tell! He said that her correction looked great and approved her to go down to part-time wear, which consists of wearing the brace during nighttime and nap time. 

I'm so proud of how well she's doing thus far. I'm hoping that part-time wear will help her sleep better, but so far that's not the case. I'm tempted to reach out to Dr. Jex and ask him about a different type of bar (Dobbs bar) that allows the legs to move independently. I've heard from other club foot parents that their children have been able to get into a more comfortable sleeping position in that bar and I'm desperate for better sleep. I want to get her doctor's opinion on it though because it's also controversial as to whether or not children have an increased chance for relapse in the Dobbs bar. 

On a positive note, since going to pt wear, Charlotte has started sitting well on her own, moving from a sitting position to a crawling position and back to sitting, and even started crawling some in the past few days. So far, she's meeting her physical milestones at an earlier age than her non-club foot, big brother did. Again, I'm so proud of her.

Thanks, as always, for checking our blog and for continuing to pray for Charlotte!