A video message from Henry (& Garrick) from the RIAO this morning:
Today was our scheduled post surgery follow-up with Dr. Shawn Standard and his team at RIAO. Today's appointment ran nearly 5 hours including x-ray.
The first stop was into the casting room to get the spica cast cut off! PA Chris Fisher fired up the torch and machette....just kidding.
Henry troopered through the cast saw noise and vibration. Within about 15 minutes the cast was cut in half. Each half was later fabricated to become a turtle shell brace with use of padding and Velcro. I'll get a picture of this posted in a later edition. The purpose of the brace is to keep Henry's leg protected until he has more function/movement in the leg. The turtle shell design makes it easier to remove as he gets ready to start physical therapy and prosthesis fitting. Over the next several weeks, Henry will become more comfortable with his leg movement and will be wearing the brace less.
Post Cast Removal:
Below is the image of the latest x-ray. The spica cast did it's job to keep the leg and new joints in the proper position. You can see some of the "hardware" that will now likely make TSA agents a little curious next time we fly.
The following image shows Henry's "lucky" aka "little" leg and incisions. Should you not wish to see it please scroll past the image.
Dr. Standard came in to see how the super hero was doing. We got the "all clear" and that Henry was right on track. We received the physical therapy script and order for x-rays to be completed in Cincinnati in 6-8 weeks. Our next scheduled trip back to Baltimore will be in early December for continued follow-up/x-ray.
1. Physical therapy 3x per week for the next 12 weeks! We are hoping to start this coming week.
2. Prosthetic creation/socket checks and new leg. Our first appointment is next week.
3. Enjoy being a kindergartner!
Since all 5 of us were here for this trip, we made a brief trek to the Maryland Zoo and checked out some of our relatives....I mean animals. It was great to see that a lot of the animals were actually moving about, whereas in our July visit most were trying to stay cool and finding shade. The cheetah was pacing, a giraffe was trotting and Logan was climbing fences trying to feed a gazelle.