Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Casts 3&4

Another late one :(

May 9th, 2012
Two weeks done and only 2 left to go. We are halfway there! Wyatt has adapted so well to the casts and has impressed us all. He can tear across the living room so fasts and keeps me on my toes. That boy has a sixth sense on things he should not be getting in to. I am nervous about today because we are going to be casting both legs. How will Wyatt handle both legs in casts?
Casts number 3 and 4.

Wyatt recognized the cast saw as soon and she brought it in today. He instantly starting whining and reaching for me. It broke my heart not to be able to hold him while she removed it. Wyatt's foot looked really gross this week after the cast was removed, but there was actually an arch! His skin was much more sensitive this week and he cried when Darren washed his leg. Dr. S commented on how his left foot was looking better than his right foot now. Yay for improvement! Wyatt knows now what to expect and he fought us from the first moment with these casts. He kept arching away from the doctor and we kept having to hold him down so he couldn't scoot away. Darren got to calm him down a little by letting him chew on his finger. Wyatt might have been more at ease, but Darren's finger was definitely hurting afterwards. Once Wyatt realized that his other leg was going to be casted too there was no calming him down. We just had to let him cry until they finished. That was hard. He quickly calmed down though once I was able to hold him. Baby boy is now sporting one blue and one orange cast. Our little shout out to Boise State University ;)

Look! I can still crawl.

It took Wyatt a little longer to get used to moving around with two casts on. He is crawling just as fast as he was previously although he can no longer stand up and he is a little annoyed about that. We will be keeping these casts on for two weeks straight this time and will go back in on the 23rd. We will be doing another series of x-rays to check Wyatt's progress and see where we go from here.

Wyatt has had a very difficult time with these casts. He has the same mobility but I can tell he is tired of having them on. The first week Wyatt wouldn't sleep more than an hour at a time. He would just cry all night because he couldn't get comfy. I felt so bad for my baby boy. The second week has been better. Wyatt is back to sleeping in his crib and we are all sleeping more. I can't wait until these babies are off of him!

Casts 1 & 2

I had this all written out and it didn't save :( So here we go again!

April 25th, 2012
Daddy and Wyatt plating while waiting for Dr. S.
Wyatt got a very long bath this morning and we sat in there until the water got cold. Wyatt loves taking baths and is going to miss them these next 4-6 weeks. He loves to be laid on his back and kick like he s trying to swim. I can tell he is going to be a water baby like Mommy. We then headed to his last PT session. I am pretty sure Wyatt could tell we weren't going to be doing our normal routine today. He was very antsy and didn't want to cooperate. Totally not like him! They finally broke out the swing and got a good 15 minutes of stretching in on his feet. We decided that was good enough, we were just wanting them to get flexible enough so Dr. S would have an easier time casting them.

Wyatt's first cast.
We were the last appointment of the day for Dr. S. He likes to do the casting last so he doesn't feel rushed (which I definitely appreciate!) Dr. S was pleased with the progress we made with Wyatt's feet with PT and said we will have to cast his left foot for 4 weeks, but only 2 weeks on his right. That meant for the first two week Wyatt only had to deal with one cast. Yay! Wyatt didn't like the whole casting process and even with us both trying to distract and comfort him, he cried the whole time. A quick snuggle with Mommy after he was done calmed him down. Wyatt is now sporting a blue cast on his left leg.

It definitely hasn't slowed him down. It took him only about 30 seconds to figure out how to crawl with the casts and he even still pulls to stand just by putting all his weight on his right leg. This boy amazes me!

May 2nd, 2012
One week down! Wyatt seems to be adjusting just fine except when it comes to sleeping. He has no desire to sleep in his crib anymore. He just can't find a comfy position. So we have been sleeping in the rocking chair again. It is not to big of a deal and I enjoy the cuddles.
Second cast!

Wyatt does not like getting the casts removed! The sound and vibration from the saw freaks him out. Poor baby practically jumped into my arms once the nurse was finished removing his cast. Boy was that leg stinky! We had just enough time to quickly wash it off before Dr. S. arrived. Poor Wyatt didn't know what to do with it out of the cast and his foot just hung there limply. But it sure looked a lot better!

The new cast (neon green) went on the same as the first. Lots of crying and lots of cuddles when it was over. I already can't wait to be done with this and I am sure Wyatt feels the same.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Our Last PT

Oops! I forgot to publish this ;) Written on  4/24/2012

I remember how anxious I was in the beginning about Wyatt's first physical therapy session. I only had my husband's experiences to go off of. I was fully expecting it to be 45 minutes of misery every week. It turns out that Wednesday became my favorite day of the week. Just Wyatt and I went to his appointments, Darren stayed home with Bella because it interfered with her naptime. We would arrive at the office and Wyatt would flirt with the receptionists while we waited. I then got to play with him on the floor with some pretty awesome toys while he got stretched. Wyatt hardly put up a fuss. He mostly jabbered to Holly probably telling her all about his week. After his session we would make the short trip to Walmart to get some groceries and visit with the ladies in my office. Wyatt hated going in the carseat for the ride home right after PT so this was a nice distracted. After Walmart, Wyatt would be asleep in his seat before we left the parking lot. I would then hit up some thrift stores on my way home (guilty pleasure) with a sleeping Wyatt in tow. This has been my routine for the past three months and I am sad to see is change as we move on to the next stage of treatment. Tomorrow is Wyatt's last PT appointment. He will be getting his first set of casts on too. It is time to move on to new adventures. I am still going to have to find time for my shopping buddy and I to go look at thrift stores ;)