Brace Day is here! We are home with the brace. I'll tell you this, I feel like it's the end & start of something. It's the end of the waiting "what's it going to be like" period. I had no clue what her brace was going to be like. They make them form fitted for each person's body & scoliosis type. The only example I ever saw was for an adult and it was pretty hard to tell what hers was going to be like. RELIEF. When Sarah, our nurse who brought it in who I love, walked through the door the first thing I thought of was how cute it was! They said they were putting some butterfly designs on it, and I pictured some cheesy stickers but it looks sooo soo sooo cute! It's all sort of a pink-ish, purple-ish color with really pretty butterflies ALL over it. It's also a little smaller and less intrusive than I had pictured as well!! They had her put it on and wear it for a while, then shaved it down around the edges where it was rubbing so it literally fits her to a T.
She is doing pretty good with it. I mean, she hasn't even had to start wearing it yet, but she is asking me TONS of questions, about what she can do with it on, and when she can have it off. My initial thought is that she will get the hang of it, and we'll sort of get a routine going for when she has it on/off. They wean you into wearing it, so today its just 4 hours, then a little more tomorrow..so on and so on...day 3 is the first day she'll wear it over night. After 6 days she'll be up to her full time schedule of 18-22 hours per day and no less than 16. Basically the more she wears it for longer period of times, the better chance we have of it actually working, so to me, we'll keep it on as much as possible. Luckily with a little girl her age who still naps during the day, really there isn't much more than 4-6 hours of hard play time for her a day anyways.
Sorry if I was ignoring your phone calls today! It wasn't because I was upset (like I thought I might be!). I promised the kids lunch out today and sprinkler in the back yard so I've just been busy!
So that's that. I'll keep everyone posted on how her first week is!
Grammy came with us and got Ari this new charm bracelet. They sell the charms there so now each time we go back to Children's she can get a new charm. Well this is what Grammy told her, which judging from the past might cost us and arm and a leg...she's worth it! She chose the butterfly charm today, how fitting!!