What a day! We got to see Abbie’s new legs revealed, and I made my first iMovie. The quality is not as good on YouTube as it is on my computer, but so goes it. I just wanted some way, other than my words, to share with all of you the joy of today.
As the cutting began, Dr. B. said, “This is going to be like a birth experience.”
“Oh, I know!” I replied. “She is going to have brand new legs.”
“That’s not exactly what I mean…” he answered.
What he DID mean became apparent as soon as we lifted Abbie to remove the worn-out, discolored, junky, old bottom half of the cast. She started howling just like she did when she first entered this world. Wow! “Think about it,” said Dr. B. “she has been nice and toasty in the cast. It seems confining to us, but it is supportive and comforting for her. And then, all of a sudden, it’s stripped away, the cold air hits her and…voila…new birth experience!”
There is a reason for the gap in the video between taking the top of the cast off and having her seated in the wheelchair ready to go…she needed all hands on deck to try to calm her initial pain and fear. While this has been an exciting day for all of us, it has been a very challenging one for Abbie. Please, if you think of her during the day (or night) pray for pain control and abatement. This is going to be a difficult couple of weeks for her as we get her bottom half moving again.
But, even with all that, I am overwhelmed at the results!! I was playing with her little foot, moving it up and down like any other child’s. Genevieve and I were giggling like schoolgirls, in disbelief that these soft, flexible feet belong to Abbie. Her knees are looking up at the ceiling, instead of pointing out to the side, and everything is so beautifully aligned. Her skin is amazing as well — I was expecting dry and scaly…not a bit. I know we need to take it slow for her sake, but I am just so darn excitied about all the things we will be able to do.
Much more to say, but it’s already 1am, and I need to get my winks in while Abbie is sleeping. A triple rainbow outside my front door today was the exclamation point on a day I can only term as “Hope Delivered. Promises Kept!”