Friday, July 19, Luke got his third cast. He also turned 15 months. Things went great while we were there. He woke up quickly from the anesthesia, ate well, and was ready to go home soon after. We picked up Christopher from the house of some friends, and headed home.
Luke slept badly that night, tossing and turning a lot, and he seemed to be having stomach pain. The next day, his reflux got bad, and he just couldn’t get comfortable. After a few days of stomach problems and him barely sleeping, I realized the band across his stomach felt tighter than on the previous casts. I took him back in to Children’s Hospital, and they loosened up the cast around his stomach. Thankfully it was just a quick 5-minutes fix. The stomach problems went away and he’s been doing great since then! The x-ray results from cast #3 look wonderful. His spine is so much straighter, with the degree of curve still below 10.
The next step is to have him molded for a brace. They’ll put a cast on him, then cut it off to use as a mold. Then they’ll put him in another cast that he’ll wear for a few weeks while the brace is made. The tentative date for that casting is September 10. So hopefully less than 2 more months of casts! There are a couple of major benefits to moving to a brace. #1) We can take it off for a bit each day so he can play, bathe, etc. #2) Less stink! We’ll be able to switch out and wash the shirt that goes underneath, as well as give Luke full baths again, so he won’t have to smell like sweaty feet anymore. With the summer heat, he gets sweaty, and the cast gets pretty smelly. The shirt underneath is supposed to help with that, so hopefully being able to wash and change the shirt with the brace will make a difference.
In other news, we’re fixing our house up to sell so we can move closer to work, church, and friends. As much as we love it up where we are, the strain of being so far from everything is costing us more than it’s worth at this point in life. I’m really looking forward to being closer in to town, as well as not having a fixer-upper house anymore! The house is a lot more work than it appeared originally. We’re looking into getting an apartment for a while, which will be a nice break from having to fix things ourselves. I will really miss all the wildlife though!