On July 24, we went to our first orthopedic appointment. After x-rays of Ava's hips and an examination, we got some surprising news. Ava's doctor did not want her to use her walker due to some issues with her hips that were caused by the difference in her leg length and the way she favored one leg and hip to balance. It was explained to us that her best option would be a manual wheelchair that she could propel herself. We left a little shocked since we have watched Ava zoom around using the walker so well. We were not devastated, just surprised...still trusting God's plan.
Trent and I decided to look at more options and made an appointment at Shriner's in South Carolina. That appointment was today. After reviewing all of Ava's medical tests, another doctor shocked us once again...wheelchair?? NO! Braces, shoe lifts, and forearm crutches. He agreed that she is much too strong to not try to give her more mobility. Ava went from no independence, to this...
|We left the hospital with this lightweight walker!!!|
Ava did great using the walker and we are all thrilled! The rehab department also loaned us a wheelchair that is just Ava's size that she can roll herself. She was backing up and turning like a pro in just a few minutes. In the next few weeks, we will begin casting her smaller leg to help with the contracture at her knee level. Then, she'll be fitted for KAFOs (knee ankle foot orthotics) and will start some physical therapy to use the forearm crutches. She will also be fitted for a manual wheelchair for long distances.
It was a really great day!! I love giving God control and letting Him lead us right where we need to be!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.