I know. You’re disappointed. There was no Meal Plan Monday. I do have a good reason. Jude and I headed back up to Iowa City to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital for Jude’s 3 month recheck. We have been very consistent with his boots and bar, but nonetheless, there is always a tiny percent of children with clubfoot who relapse regardless of brace wear. So to say that part of me was anxious about what the doctor might have to say would be fairly accurate. I mean, his feet look great to me (great, I mean gorgeous… suddenly I have a whole new appreciation for perfect little feet) but I’m no doctor. And I know that the signs of relapse can be subtle. We flew into Cedar Rapids after a long travel day (left home at 8:00AM and arrived in Iowa at 3:00PM) and were shuttled to the Ronald McDonald house where we would stay for the night. We got to UofI just in time for our 4:15 appointment, the last one of the day. It was great to see Dr. Morcuende again. When someone does such amazing things for your child, I mean literally changing your child’s quality of life, it’s impossible NOT to just want to run up and hug the man! He was so happy to see Jude and how he has changed in the last few months. He was amazed at how well he comprehends English (which he does!) and although Jude initially rebuffed him (he did remember him ;)), Dr. Morcuende won him over with a bunch of stickers… Jude’s favorite. He had another doctor from Brazil doing rounds with him as he and Dr. Ponseti are always teaching other doctors how to correct clubfoot non surgically, and the two of them stretched, examined and discussed Jude’s feet at length. The final decision? They look great! He reduced Jude’s bracing hours from 22 to 16! He watched Jude try to walk and said that he thinks he’ll be walking VERY soon… suddenly I’m not in such a hurry 😉
After our appointment we spent the evening with Lisa, a great friend I met while I was up in Iowa this summer. We ate at Panera Bread and then headed to the soft playground for Jude to enjoy some serious free time. Both he and I had an awesome time (thank you Lisa!!) and we were sad to realize we needed to get back to the RMH for some shut-eye since our wake up call was coming at 3:45AM!! We were able to get up and to the airport by 5:00AM and were home (I LOVE HOME!) by 11:30. Tired yes, but how can I even think to complain about tired when my son has PERFECT feet!!