We'll have to go the orthotist (the man who actually made the brace) every week for the first month or so so that he can check it out and make sure it's working right for James. And make any adjustments that he may need. When the brace comes off I have to watch and make sure that any irritation on his foot from his new "shoosie" goes away with in 30 minutes and so far it has! So hopefully there wont need to be any major adjustments made.
James got his brace Thursday afternoon and it has been a very trying 48 hours to say the least. He's been real sweet about it which makes it all the more pitiful. He hasn't tried to take it off, he doesn't scream or fuss when we put it on him. It's almost like he knows he has to wear it. But at the same time he isn't handling it very well emotionally. He has had several break downs since we got home with it, especially last night when he looked at the steps he had to go up to get back inside the house. Jon said he just fell to pieces. It's hard for him to walk with it because it's odd and a little bulky. He's real clumsy and his feet are spread farther apart than normal while he walks but his foot does stay flat on the floor all day! Our therapist (I say "our" because she has really become more mine than James' lately!) said it will take at least 2 weeks for him to learn how to walk in it(i.e. gain more balance and bring his feet together) so in the grand scheme of things two weeks isn't two long. And it will all be worth in one day! That's what I keep reminding myself. I'll be honest, it's very hard to watch him struggle with it. It tugs at my heart strings in a way that I can't even begin to describe. It's such a HUGE adjustment for the little guy. For all of us. He has a schedule for wearing it but that's only gonna last for a little while. He wears it for two hours then takes it off for one hour, etc. till bed time and he doesn't have to wear it right now while he sleeps. He will eventually though, at least that is what we have been told. Maybe he wont.Eventually it will be a 24 hour thing. Only to be taken off at bath time. This is basically all the orthopedist told us at our visit and while we were checking out at the desk I started freaking out about our beach trip imagining the poor little guy not being able to swim or do any fun stuff while we're there. My level headed husband went back and asked him if he could take it off to go swimming when we are at the beach. He said of course and went on to explain to Jon that if there is something James wants to do that he can't do with the brace on, then take it off and let him have fun. Now that makes a mama feel better but I just don't understand why some doctors don't feel it necessary to share little bits of info like that. Honestly.
We are off to the beach tomorrow after church hopefully for a week of fun in the sun! We are really looking forward to taking them this year because they are at such a fun age(make you want to poke your self in the eye sometimes though)and I really think James will be much more tolerant of the sand this time around. I hope so anyway!!!