Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sammy Update

Since the surgery, Samantha's been doing really well. For about a week she was not feeling well. The vomiting (effects from the anesethia) only lasted about 24 hours. The crankiness, however, lasted about 168. Not only was Sammy recovering from surgery, she was also getting used to her new orthotics -- her brand new DAFOs. Rough week for Sammy. So I guess she deserves a little crankiness because this time, I'm strict with the DAFOs. And because of my unwillingness to give in, we had about a week of her sitting on the floor, screaming. She refused to crawl, let alone stand or attempt to walk in them. She was putting up a fight, but Big Mama was stickin' to her guns. I'm happy to report, though, that she is getting used to them. Sammy even broke down and started walking around in them on Wednesday. Wahoo! She wears them 6-8 hours a day, and again, we have the shoe problem. We need to buy L A R G E shoes to fit over the the DAFOs. I'm talkin', she normally wears a size 3-4, and she's wearing a size 7-8 over the DAFOs. So, we have the clown feet again. She wears slippers with some tred on them around the house. But I'm looking into some Vans for when we go out. I got some shoes at Walmart, but I'm not sure if those will work yet. She doesn't seem to like them. Maybe Vans, or the knock-offs, which is of course what we'll get, will be better. They are usually a little wider so hopefully those will work for her.

Thanks to everyone for thinking of her and praying for her!


Heidi Ashworth said...

I like the pig tails!!!

maryirene allen said...

way to stickin to your guns! that's awesome that she is getting used to them. i remember those. hope you find the perfect shoes. good luck! glad you're starting to feel better sammy. we love you.

sagebrushandbuttercups said...

Thanks for the Sammygram (update)I'm so glad you all got through a tough, tough week and that she is feeling better. I think you mentioned the first DAVO's were to help her walk more flatly on her feet rather than just tiptoes and therefore also benefit her balance? How did that first set work, did they help her gait? Samantha looks so cute in her pictures. Her eyes still look right into ones soul, don't they. So beautiful.
Thanks so much for the update.
Love, Jan

sagebrushandbuttercups said...

Marcus and Jenny,
A quick note to share this interesting/scary entry I just read in the blog of a family who moved from Pocatello to Malawi for the husband, a physician, to treat children with HIV in a clinic.
I don't know them personally, but found the blog through reading an article in the Pocatello paper. Anyway I found this a striking entry, and thought you could appreciate it.

Rob and Marseille said...

good idea to get slippers for around the house


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