Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Emma Started School Today!

Emma had a great summer full of fun, swimming at the pool, catching frogs in the pond, fishing at the lake with her cousins to name just a few things in her busy social calendar. Bella the Lab puppy was welcomed into the family. A small incident involving a hula hoop and a sibling left her with a few stitches in her forehead, but otherwise a great summer!

Madison had a successful start in Kindergarten last week.

The big news is that Emma started school today with her super brace on. She was so excited to go and a little less excited for Dad to leave but a successful day all in all. She had no problem explaining to the kids why she has her super brace and that it is making her leg longer and stronger.

A quick update on that:

The bone is healing but the progress is slower than we had hoped. Dr. Paley recommended "compressing" which means backing off the struts to relieve some of the tension in the frame to accelerate the regeneration of the bone. This was scheduled to be a 5 day process in which we would then add a 7th strut to help stabilize the frame. 

After 1 day of following the compression schedule, Emma experienced unbearable pain in which it was determined that one her pin placements wasn't going to allow for us to continue with this process. 

Emma is doing well and feeling great. We are optimistic that a little more time will be all that is needed for the bone to heal and have the fixator removed.  We have our next x-ray scheduled for 9/15 in which we are hoping will result in scheduling removal for sometime around 10/15.  Keep your fingers crossed and Emma keep drinking your milk!!