Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tenotomy Thursday

Our day started off VERY early! Our appt in Syracuse was supposed to be at 10am, but Dr. Palomino had a family emergency. They called Wednesday afternoon, and offered us an appt with Dr. Katz, a Ponseti-certified doctor in the same office. But, the downfall was that we had to be there at 7am! So, we got up a little after 4am (well, Piper and I did). Bud allowed the alarm to go off upstairs for 27 minutes! I went up to take my shower (still have not slept upstairs since bringing Piper home). I woke him up. He said he never even heard the alarm! We got all the kids up, and out the door by 520am. We dropped Hailey off at my Mom's (so she could get her to school), and we got to Syracuse just in time!

They put EMLA cream on the backs of Piper's heels, and let that sit for about 45 minutes before the procedure began. This is a numbing cream, and they said it penetrates enough to numb her for the tenotomy. I took Piper back, and Bud stayed in the waiting room with Macie and Sam. The procedure took about 15 minutes. Piper screamed through the entire thing! She usually screams through the cast changes though, so it was really no different. They then put on new casts - which are much heavier than the last few have been! I think they went extra sturdy on her since she is "fiesty" - that was the doctor's description! The doctor said that her left foot is still a little more tight than she thinks it should be. So, instead of the casts staying on for 4 weeks, she wants her to go back to her regular doctor in 2 weeks. That way, they can stretch her heels a little more. Then, she'll get casted again for another 2 weeks. The other reason she wants to recast in 2 weeks, it will allow for a little more correction in the left foot, since it did lose a little correction without the cast on for 2 days.

Sam was an absolute terror at the doctor's office. I was not out there, but heard about it from Bud! He was spent by the time we came out!


Mere said...

I think her feet look better already! You can definitely see a change from when she was born. I'm glad you started a blog so we can see her progress.

Cary & Katrina Sanders said...

She is beautiful!

Just so you know I am from your no surgery for clubfoot yahoo group.

Jocelyn said...

I hope you don't mind me peeking in. You mentioned your blog in a yahoo group, and I'm addicted to blogs. My son {now 5 months} was born with bilateral clubfoot.{ I too blog about his progress} Piper is so cute and her feet look so good. It's nice to have a place to share our thoughts. good luck!

Cary & Katrina Sanders said...

Hope you don't mind if I put a link to your blog on my blog. If you do just let me know