Friday, April 12, 2013

~*Healing is a Process: Part 2*~

I know, I know, I said this next post would be about how this adoption as affected me.....but I want to finish covering Analina...

Analina had her foot placed into a series of casts (3 of them) to attempt a better position to the foot and heel and to stretch the Achilles tendon without having to recut it. 

What did we end up with? 

She has a much better foot position and her Achilles tendon is about as stretched out as we can get it.

If you have seen anyone have a cast removed you may know that the skin is crusty and smelly *blech* I couldn't wait to throw this girl in a tuba hot soapy water!  Her already small nearly atrophied leg is even smaller and weaker.  

She was physically unable to walk (and could barely stand) without her new brace on but she's a little more stable now. With the new foot position she indicates that it causes her pain to walk the old way with foot splayed out to the right.  We are hoping that it just feels strange and doesn't actually hurt. We'll give her a few weeks and reassess then.

Her new brace was a bit crazy to do...I wasn't thrilled with the guy that makes the AFO's, we'll use a different maker next time.  We have the new brace and we need to get her new shoes but I wanted to get the brace first. The AFO-guy looked at me like I had 2 heads! He could not understand why I couldn't just get a pair of shoes first.  Having never fitted a child for shoes to fit an AFO I need that brace first.

I had a BUNCH of pictures but the card on the camera is corrupted and we lost all those new pics! Oh well....

So, here's my silly crew! 

Not bad company for folding laundry!  
Praying for our Ana-banana's leg to strengthen, even a wee bit, so she can have better mobility

John 6:2
and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.  

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