It did take a lot of casts (21), but his feet really do look good. He's had tenotomies, but he hasn't had to have major surgery on them. Perhaps it's in the future, but for now, they are straight and beautiful. It is such a small victory avoiding that one surgery. There was a time where I gave up and felt "doomed" to have the surgery. I remember thinking, "What's one more surgery?", and I can't believe I ever thought that, but I did.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
When G was born, it was hard to imagine what his feet would look like. I knew he'd have clubfeet before the ultrasound. When I found out he did have clubfeet amidst the other issues, it was almost reassuring. It was something I was familiar with. Our oldest had been born with a clubfoot, and we'd been there, done that.
At birth, though, the sight of his feet and legs shocked me. He didn't have "just" clubfeet, and it was very apparent. I remember when my daughter was born, and I couldn't imagine how they could fix her foot to be straight. It happened (quite nicely, I might add), and I naively thought it would be just as "easy" for G. When he was lying in the NICU, and his little legs lay there, I had the same thoughts, the ones I wasn't expecting to have because, hey, I've already done this! How would they possible straighten and appear "normal"??