Wednesday was the day. The day we’ve been waiting for since we first started Jude’s castings on July 2nd. Maybe Jude wasn’t so much waiting for this day as he had no clue his casts would ever come off. But I was counting the days.
I took the casts off myself after the local orthopaedists refused to treat him. They wanted to send me to Atlanta in case he needed “more treatment” after his casts came off. I tried to tell them that he was treated by the BEST clubfoot doctors in the world, but they must have been worried about liabilities. So I did it myself. It took two soakings in vinegar bathwater and a LOT of work with a butter knife. But we did it. I was not going to let any doctor keep my boy in casts one more day than necessary.
Those casts must have been so hot. And heavy. I know because I was hit in the face with them many a night as I tried to sleep next to my precious son 😉 And I got really tired of people asking “What happened to him?!?” Easy people. I didn’t accidentally run over him in my minivan. Anyway, we’re done with that phase now and we’re into the shoes/bar phase. I know I’ll get more questions. Bring ’em on. I’m just glad my boy’s legs are out of those casts. And looking every bit as beautiful as I had hoped. His feet look amazing. I am in awe of Drs. Ponseti and Morcuende… they are heroes in my eyes. Even the physical therapist couldn’t believe Jude had NO surgery, only a tiny pin sized scab on the back of his heel where his tenotomy was performed. Jude does have a lot of catching up to do. His legs are very sensitive and he does NOT want to put any weight on his feet. But knowing my boy, all this will come in time. We’re working with a great PT to help him out and I’m trying to do some exercises with him at home. He looks so surprised when he does bear some weight on his feet, I am sure it’s a totally new sensation since he was so used to standing on the sides of his feet. He’s relearning to crawl and stand without the help of his casts and it won’t be long until he’s tearing up the joint. Watch out world… here comes Jude 🙂