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Monday, September 28, 2015

Clubfoot Relapse Treatment - Part 2

If you haven't read the first part of the story, you may want to start here.

Our appointment went well. Dr. Dobbs confirmed what he suspected when looking at pics and a video I sent him earlier this month. And the casting began pretty much immediately after that.

Let's start with the observation that Dr. Dobbs wears a dark jacket and a hand-tied (yellow) bow tie while applying a plaster cast. Let me tell you in case you've never been around it, that the process of applying a plaster cast is a very messy process. And he's got the skills, personality and bedside manner to back it up. We couldn't feel more confident about the care Jude is getting. Thus the smiles.
Also notice that Jude is totally content playing with his Gameboy in the beginning.

First plaster casts are applied.

Then colored casts on top of that. Jude picked blue. Hmmm... I wonder which color he will pick next week!
One cast is mid thigh. And thankfully the other is just below the his knee which will give him a bit more mobility.
Back to the Gameboy as they dry.
And Livy, well she's pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. She's gonna make an awesome nurse!
Jude is doing great and his spirits are good. The only tiny obstacle so far is that he had quite a bit of trouble getting to sleep tonight. I can only imagine that tossing and turning, getting tangled in the sheet, and trying to manage those casts to get comfortable is tough. I think some time will help.

Tomorrow morning, at o'dark thirty we fly back home. Only to return to St. Louis the following week to remove the casts and repeat the procedure. And the next week. And the next week...

Many thanks to Livy the Unstoppable for several of the pics above!

And thank you so much for all your prayers and good wishes. They are treasured!

Click here for part 3


  1. Continued prayers for Jude. He taking it like a champ! What an outstanding little guy he is!

  2. Safe travels home and hopefully lots of sleep for you and Jude!

  3. Try giving him extra pillow to prop various body parts on. Jeanette

    1. The pillows have been such a relief. Actually, first night he slept in his own bed, and he said he slept pretty well!


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