Our Clubfoot Journey: Casting Phase

Theodore’s legs have been in casts since he was 3 days old. He is being treated with the Ponseti method. The casts cover his tiny feet and half way up his thighs. We call the casts “astronaut trousers”.
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I was devastated when I learnt about his clubfoot condition. No matter how many times doctors reassured me that the treatment will produce excellent results and that Theodore will be no different from other children, I was heartbroken.

Every week we had to bring him to the Orthopedist to change his casts. Each week, his feet were bent at a certain angle. And each week he cried his heart out when his casts were changed. Doctors told me that the treatment wasn’t painful; just uncomfortable for Theodore.

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Thankfully, his condition wasn’t too bad so he needed only 4 sets of casts to correct his feet. I used every opportunity during casts changing days to feel and kiss his legs. I don’t think anyone whose babies were born with normal feet understands what it’s like for me to carry my son and being able to only feel the warmth from the top half of his body. It is not simply a strange feeling. It’s heart wrenching for me and I’m constantly being reminded of it.

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At 3 weeks and 3 days old, he underwent a tenotomy surgery to remove his tendons so that they will regrow to the right length. He then had to have the casts on again for 21 days.

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Theodore was a very brave boy. Apparently he didn’t cry during the operation (maybe he did but the doctors didn’t want to worry me, especially when they probably knew that Mama is a cry-baby!). We had to stay one night at the hospital to ensure that he didn’t develop an infection.

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A countless amount of tears has been shed since his birth. Just the sight of other babies’ chubby thighs and feet at our Monday Baby Massage class was enough to make me fight back tears. However, Theodore doesn’t seem too bothered.

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He definitely lives up to his middle name, “Isaac”, which means “He smiles”. While I worry about him being in pain/ discomfort, he’s usually smiling away. He kicks around forcefully and playfully even with the casts on.

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As his Mama, I think it’s only natural for me to worry about the future, his development (although doctors say he won’t be slower than other kids when it comes to crawling and walking). At the back of my mind I’m always thinking about the treatment and praying that it WILL work and how I can prevent any relapse.

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However, his cheerful personality, which is slowly shining through, brightens up my day. It is perhaps his way of reassuring me that he’s progressing really well and that I don’t have to worry.

Next Tuesday, his final casts will be taken off (Hello feet!!!). I’m excited but nervous at the same time. We’ll be moving on to the bars and braces stage which requires full compliance on the part of the parents. Goodbye casting phase…

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Good job Theodore for coping so well! Papa and Mama are very proud of you!

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7 thoughts on “Our Clubfoot Journey: Casting Phase

  1. I teared when I read your post yoyo! But glad to hear that Theo has such a great, positive and smiley personality! God bless your boy! Cheering him on from Singapore!

  2. Theodore is such a cute little boy. And that smile! So adorable.I’m so sorry that you have to go through all this worry with your first child. I don’t have kids, but I have worked in the pediatric ward with babies who are put in casts for various reasons. While they didn’t seem to be in pain, the casts seem so heavy for their little bodies! Best wishes for you and your family =)

    1. Thank you so much, Andrea! Those casts are definitely heavy. I’m always worried about hurting his hips etc but thankfully he’s fine. Hopefully the casts help him build stronger thigh muscles! Haha

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