Friday, March 21, 2014

Boots and Bar Update - Nighttime Wear Only!

We've successfully transitioned to only nighttime wear of the boots and bar as of March 12! Per the advice of Dr. Segal, we went straight to 12-hour nights, with 12 hours free during the day, and Peter has adjusted extremely well. He loves playing with his feet and it's so fun to watch him!

To make things easier, we put the brace on around 7:00pm, and my husband takes it off right before they leave the house for daycare at 7:00am -- that way our daycare providers don't have to worry about it and we can just leave the brace at home. On weekends, I take it off whenever we get up in the morning, usually between 7am-8am.

Taken on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.
He's not wearing the boots & bar in this pic but is still holding his feet in the brace position.
Force of habit, no doubt!
Our next check-up is May 22, but sadly it won't be with Dr. Segal. :( A few days ago, I was told by another clubfoot mama from PCH that Dr. Segal is moving to Wisconsin. Thankfully, there is another Ponseti-certified doctor at PCH (otherwise we'd have to drive to Tucson), and I've met him before -- he did Peter's second casting -- but the news still made me sad. Dr. Segal was so wonderful throughout the entire process and it's sad to think he won't be able to see Peter's progress as he grows. Maybe I'll send him the link to this blog. :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

2007 CMN Miracle Awards: Dr. Ignacio Ponseti

How cool is this? LeVar Burton (a.k.a. Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Dr. Ponseti in the same video! As a huge Star Trek fan, I'm geeking out.

I wish I could have had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ponseti in person. What an amazing man. I'm so grateful for what he's done for Peter, and all the children with clubfoot.