The six weeks are up and tomorrow Melody gets her cast off. I am more excited than anyone. Even Melody is pretty nonchalant about the whole thing.
But, the reality is that now the real work begins. The six weeks in a spica cast have been relatively easy, for Melody. She has had to have most things done for her and she is fine with that. But now, that will change dramatically.
Before surgery I gave the following list of hopes and prayers:
* After surgery we would see a great improvement in Melody's scoliosis
* After surgery Melody will be able to walk with less bracing than she currently uses
* No complications during surgery
* Pain levels would be manageable
* Wisdom in navigating 6 weeks in a spica cast
* Peace for Mom and Dad, especially during surgery.
The last four of those have answers!
- no complications during surgery.... other than it was very long
- pain levels were awesome... she hardly complained of pain at all
- we've made it through spica cast life
- overall we've felt pretty peaceful about the whole thing.. the last 3 hours of surgery and not hearing updates from surgery was trying, but that is behind us now.
Continue to pray about the first two. Tomorrow the cast will come off and x-rays will be taken. I'm not sure if we'll know how the surgery has affected her scoliosis until much later, however. We will discuss with the doctor what Melody is released to do and contact her physical therapist to get started. We hope to at least be cleared to work significantly on range of motion exercises. Her legs are going to want to stay in the position they've been in. We expect to have to get fitted for new braces and all the many fittings that accompany that.
We would add to the list of prayer:
* pain levels would stay low - I'm concerned she might have more discomfort when the cast is no longer protecting her and she actually has to move her legs.
* Melody would have a positive attitude and determination as she tackles physical therapy. It wouldn't hurt for Mom to have healthy doses of those as well.
Thanks for all your love, prayers and encouragement along this journey. We have a wonderful support team.