Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Love/hate relationship...

I hate those damn braces. I'm not exactly sure why I have such a disdain for them but I do. I knew that Ian would have problems maneuvering in them as they are bulky. I don't care what all the therapists said, they are BULKY. They are big & put some significant weight on the bottom half of his legs making it difficult for him to move around.

I'm not saying he was agile & quick before but at least he could break his falls & didn't have huge bruises on the back of his legs from where the braces hit. I think the extra weight is making his feet slower than before & so when he tries to move, his upper body wants to go faster than his lower body. Hence, the falling. A lot of the time he trips over his own feet. Wonder why? Could it be the shoes that are THREE sizes too big?

His ECI coordinator seems to feel the same way about them after observing him today. The only problem is that he IS much more stable when walking than he was before. His left foot has also started to turn straight rather than to the side. I gotta love them for making a difference so quickly. Hence the love/hate relationship.

I knew he would have some physical setbacks b/c the braces are retraining him to walk w/ a new set of muscles. I just didn't expect so much falling. Poor guy. Sorry, no pics today. Momma hasn't had time to take or upload.

I think I needed to vent.

4 comments:

Yaya' s Changing World said...

Ooooh, what beautiful children you have. I'm so sorry about the braces. Hopefully, your little guy will be out of them soon.
Blessings to you and your family.

~ Yaya
Yaya's Home

Anonymous said...

My son has worn braces since he was a toddler (he is now 11 years old). We have definitely had a love/hate relationship with them over the years.

One thing we've learned is to get the right shoes. There are FINALLY shoes made just for the braces. They fit perfectly instead of the three sizes too big clown feet. Noah's current shoes are by Keeping Pace. If you can't get these shoes go for the lightest shoes you can find to make up for the weight of the braces.

Make sure you spend some time out of the braces or he will lose all his calf muscles. It's a hard balance but you'll find the right mix for you and Ian.

HTH -

Lori
Mom to triplets Noah, Karissa & Jazmine former 27 weekers now 11!

Surviving Triplets said...

Lori ~ Thank you for your comment! Ian is out of braces for about 60 minutes in the morning, all of his nap (about 2 hours) & then again the last 45 minutes before bed & of course during the night. It is a pain but I think he has gotten quite use to them, hopefully.

Astrid

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