We’re home, until Sunday when we’ll make the whole trip once again… leaving on Sunday evening and coming home late Monday night. Thankfully Chris is able to take Mondays off for the next few weeks so we’re all set as far as the kids go. And when everyone woke up on Tuesday morning, no one seemed to have noticed that I’d been gone 😉
I sure missed everyone, though. It felt like I’d been gone forever! The trip was quite an adventure and I am hopeful that our next trip won’t be quite so, well, exciting (read: anxiety producing!) Once we arrived in Iowa everything went smoothly… the rental car, drive to RMH, stay at RMH (love the people at that place!) and our visit to see the fantastic folks at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. It was wonderful to see Dr. Morcuende again, I have the utmost respect for him as a doctor and as someone dedicated to helping children in need. He travels all around the world to teach and educate others on the benefits of serial castings over surgery. He’s even traveled to China several times and is hopeful that the Ponseti method will continue to gain momentum as a way to treat children born with clubfoot.
He examined Shepherd and said that he thinks his feet are similar to Jude’s, but that Shepherd doesn’t have a more affected foot like Jude did. I am holding out hope that Shepherd will only need 5-6 casts, Jude needed 7. But however many he needs, it’s an incredibly small price to pay for perfect little feet!
Shepherd tolerated the casting pretty well. He didn’t mind Dr. Morcuende fiddling with his feet and other than fussing when his feet were stretched, he barely cried at all. He seemed happy to take an O*reo in each hand when I offered them to him and soon his protests were a distant memory.
After we finished up at the UofI we headed to the mall for some fun on the kiddie rides and lunch with my good friend Lisa. Lisa and I met last summer when she took such wonderful care of us during our stay in Iowa last summer. She and her precious kiddos met us for lunch and as usual, we had a great time. It was a fast visit, as we had to get packed up and out of RMH by 3:00, but knowing we’d be back in a week made saying goodbye a whole lot easier!
We were able to get back to the airport, rental car returned and all bags accounted for in plenty of time for our flight (even after Shepherd had to have his hands and casts swabbed by TSA… go figure!?) Thankfully, there was no 3 hour delay for our flight this time and we flew out on time. We arrived home before 11:00PM and amazingly, our littlest traveler slept the entire night that night, new casts and all!