Day 7: Serial casting

Published October 4, 2013 by Caitlin Rose

So this morning Caitlin was able to sit unsupported at the table for breakfast. She then surprised us by getting down from the hotel armchair by herself and cruising holding on to the furniture.
We missed the get down – another family pointed it out to us! In physio at 11am with Blaire Ballard, Caitlin was able to stand against a table supported a little behind and then managed 3 minutes of supported walking on the treadmill. This was exhausting for her but she still managed to find the strength to cycle (including up a small ramp) at the end of the session. She seems happier that she can do things again.

We stayed at the hospital as Caitlin was set to have casting at 2pm. We filled the time eating, skyping and playing.

Caitlin was not keen on the casting process. She didn’t like the sight of the scissors used to trim the excess plaster and I expect she felt out of control lying on her tummy with someone holding her legs.She cried herself to sleep 😦 Serial casting is where plaster casts are used to set and maintain position (ankles in Caitlin’s case) as an alternative (or to delay) surgery. If able to tolerate the casts Caitlin will then have a new set next week if the first ones haven’t given her enough range. Though to us Caitlin’s feet have always been a concern, Blaire said they aren’t too bad and that we’ve done a good job with stretches. 

So we left the therapy floor with Caitlin fast asleep weighing a bit more (with the new casts) and dreaded her reaction on waking. What would she make of the new casts? Amazingly she was fine! She merely asked how long they would stay on for. She told Irwin that they made her toes feel nice! Early days though, early days. We met another family whose son could not tolerate the casts due to intense itching. 

Kian wore his Cardinals shirt to mark the big game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He and his dad have been getting into baseball. We watched it at the hotel whilst eating pizza & pasta from Imo’s. A massive win for the cards. Angie (breakfast staff at the hotel) will be ecstatic as she’s a huge cardinals fan.













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