If you’ve only been reading here for the last year or two, you probably think I really don’t write about anything other than cancer… In reality, I had taken a break from blogging for the two years prior to having been diagnosed with breast cancer, but before that, I posted fairly consistently. The tag line on this blog is “Finding the joy in homemaking, in a natural, simple, Christ centered way” for a reason. Those are my top priorities in life. Christ, family, homeschool, and natural living are the things I focus on in my daily life. Those four areas are multi-faceted, but they encompass most of what my life is centered around.
Having dealt with cancer left me really only able to focus on that during those months. I’m happy to be past that very intense phase of my life, and though I do deal with some things that are simply things I’ll be dealing with for many years to come, I have the ability to focus on all the other things in my lie that matter. I do plan to continue posting here. It won’t be at the near daily frequency it once was, but I’ll definitely be around. And this here place I reside on the interwebz will be getting a little facelift pretty soon, too!
Anyway, back to the actual title of the post.
In September Eli had a fairly major surgery on his leg and it’s time for an update.
The surgery went very well and he was discharged a few hours later. He had a very rough first day with pain being absolutely out of control. He’s SUPER tough and for him to be in as much pain as he was was torture to my mama heart. With the help of his surgeon, pain meds, and our beloved essential oils we were able to get him leveled out after about 24 hours and he progressed very well afterward. He was such a sweet patient!
He needed nearly a solid week on the couch, with the exception of necessary outings, to get to a point where he had enough strength and control over the crutches to be able to get around without giving me mini heart attacks every time he moved! With the help of his beloved physical therapist, Mrs. Carrie, he has regained full mobility and strength in his leg and has been back to all of his normal activities for more than a month now.
This is a close up of his hardware just after it was placed during surgery.
As of early December, Eli’s right leg has grown 2mm and his left leg has done exactly what it was suppose to do and hasn’t grown any! I know 2mm doesn’t seem like a lot, but it it really is a good sign!
The goal is to make up between 4 and 5cm over the next couple of years. That’s 40-50mm, so 2mm is definitely something worth counting!!
Among the physical anomalies the growth will correct is his need for a passive stretching brace.
For the last 5 years, Eli has worn a brace to sleep about 50% of nights. He has dealt with a very tight Achilles on his right side due to the way he walks as a result the overgrowth on his left side. He has been in physical therapy for this (along with the torticollis he was also born with) since he was 4 months old. The Achilles has to be continually stretched and manipulated through PT and home exercise to enable it to stay loose enough for him to stand flat on his right foot.
These are all of the braces he has worn over the years. We will pick up his newest (and hopefully last ever) brace tomorrow. As I was adding that bottom one, the one he’s just outgrown, to the group for his keepsake box today, we spent a few minutes reminiscing about these braces. We talked about how much he’s gown and changed since that first brace with his tiny 4 year old foot, how his color choices haven’t really changed much over the years (though his new brace will be quite different!), and how he really dislikes wearing the thing!
He has another two months before he needs to go back to PT and a 5 month break before he has to go back for another orthopedic checkup so I’ll update you again in June!