Wednesday, September 13, 2006

All is well




The ortho said the bumps on Jack's back are his spinous processes and not hardware. Phew! The ortho thought the body brace was a bit much and he thinks it's crazy to keep him in the body brace and in a reclining position for 6 months. I'm just not sure I want to rock the boat though ... I think I'll stick with the St. Louis ortho's protocol at this point. The orthotist bubbled out the area in Jack's body brace where the bumps were hitting and we're good to go.

Jack's pediatrician had them do yet another blood draw yesterday because he still wasn't sure about the numbers. I guess they need to hit him over the head before he will believe them. His potassium is low - which makes sense because it was low in the hospital and he was getting supplemental potassium there. "C-diff" has also been mentioned. Which would also explain the low potassium. It's just a vicious cycle when you are on meds, which is why I've always been opposed to any type of maintenance meds and why I stay away from doctors!

This too shall pass ................

Pictures from today are Jack getting put in the car - poor kid, it looks like he is being restrained and he hasn't done a thing wrong. The other one is happy Jack after we got home and he got out of the dreadful body brace. His hair is almost long enough to put in a ponytail.

**Michelle (Jack's personal hair stylist :-) -- can you think of any way to cut Jack's hair while he is laying down??

That's the update from here. Thanks for checking in.

11 comments:

Melisande Statz-Hill said...

Well, looks pretty good for as far as Jack's come. I hope 6 months passes quickly. Just think of me, here in Missouri with all the winter and snow you won't have to face....that should make you feel better!!

Hugs to you all!

Melisande Statz-Hill said...

Well, looks pretty good for as far as Jack's come. I hope 6 months passes quickly. Just think of me, here in Missouri with all the winter and snow you won't have to face....that should make you feel better!!

Hugs to you all!

Melisande Statz-Hill said...

Well, looks pretty good for as far as Jack's come. I hope 6 months passes quickly. Just think of me, here in Missouri with all the winter and snow you won't have to face....that should make you feel better!!

Hugs to you all!

studdering Mel said...

Ooops! Bad ethernet connection!!

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness that it isn't the hardware. I hope Jack improves quickly. He looks very handsome. No haircut needed!

Hugs, Sandra

Anonymous said...

I love Jack's beautiful smile!!!Yeahhhhhh Jack! Hannah also wears a body jacket,for scoliosis, so we can really feel Jack's pain here. Glad to hear that you can take it off at times, the kids really need that break. Hannah wears the brace for 23 hours a day. MD said that way we could avoid back surgery down the road. Hope they are right, I know how much you guys have been through. Look how far you have come!
Love
Sharon and Hannah

julie worthington said...

Wow, love that smile! Looks like the old Jack is emerging! Glad to hear it wasn't the hardware, that would have been a nightmare. Poor Jack, all trussed up like that all he needs is for you to put a mask on him and he could pose as Hannibal Lechter!!
hehe

Love and hugs to you all
Julie

Cindy said...

Great news that it's not hardware sticking out! Thanks for the update Ann:-)

Anonymous said...

Just a little note to let you know a day doesn't go by when I don't think of you all.

And a ponytail's required uniform for all the cool kids on this side of the planet!

Hugs,

Kari

Anonymous said...

I was glad to see a "happy Jack" picture. Yes, the body brace appears to be a bit too much. But if it is necessary for the rest of recovery time. I hope Jack starts to feel a little more comfortable each passing day.

Martha.-

Anonymous said...

I love reading updates on our friend Jack. He has such a great smile. It is infectious for sure.
I wish this was over for you guys. I hope that 6 months go by superduper quickly.
Love,
Teresa