Thursday, December 23, 2010

Zoey's Cast is O.F.F!!!!!

I took Zoey to Shriner's today. This appointment was to check the leg under the cast and measure her for a prosthetic. We weren't sure if she would need a new cast put on and happily....she did not.
Ready to get that baby off!

They gave Zoey a stuffed animal to hold onto in case she was afraid of the saw. Hmmm...she covered her ears and laughed because it tickled.

After the cast came off, they covered her leg quickly in case the sight of it would scare her. She was so used to having that heavy cast on her leg, that she kept it high in the air and wouldn't put it down. It was so funny! Her leg was floating...

Next stop was the prosthetic area. This time, she finally got a look at her leg with no sock. I took a photo but thought it might be a bit T.M.I. for you, so won't post it.

Little sweetheart kind of shut down. My heart hurt for her. It was such a shock to her to see her leg with no foot.
{Honestly, her incision looks VERY good--only some scabs and the skin looks healthy and normal. I have seen much worse and was not expecting it to look as good as it does.}

To distract her, I said, "Do you want to smile for a picture for Mama?" Normally, she will flash me one of her huge signature smiles because she loves having her picture taken.

But this time, she looked at me, thumb in her mouth, and shook her head no.

I asked her if she was sad and immediately, her little face crumpled and she started to sob. I held her while she cried and felt totally helpless. I tried to soothe her but everything I started to say just sounded glib. So I stuck to telling her how much I loved her.

Eventually, a staff person came into the room so she pulled herself together and stopped crying.
Bless her heart.

Then it was time to pick fabric for her leg. They wheeled a huge bin into the room and we started rooting through the choices.

This was her first choice.

Ummm....really? A camping theme? Sweetie...don't you think you want something else? Something that will go a little better with your clothes?

Then I saw this one and thought it might be a good compromise since it was colorful like her first choice.

She loved it! Thank goodness. The print is a bit large, though, so I hope it will be okay. It's not too late to change it, so if anyone has advice, feel free to tell us.

When we were done, it was time for lunch so I gave her the choice of the hospital cafeteria or McD*nald's. Believe it or not, she chose the hospital cafeteria! What a hoot!

By the time we were done eating, she was in good spirits. When I tucked her into the car, she said cheerfully from the backseat,
"I'm happy!"

She has been fine ever since--except for the time that Jake accidentally stepped on her leg. {wince}
That is the one drawback of having the cast off--she has no protection from bumping her leg or having it stepped on.

We will be going back to Shriners in a few weeks for a first fitting on the socket of the prosthetic. They will build it in stages and on our fourth visit she will get to try it out. So hopefully, by the end of January, she will have her new leg!
On the way home, we both enjoyed looking at the beauty of New England, with it's fresh coat of snow.


:)De said...

I'm a new reader. Bless her sweet little heart. I love the choices for her new leg ( I really like the camping one 'cause we are big time campers) but I thinkg the other you helped her with is really nice and more suited for daily life. LOL!

Peace and Merry Christmas

Chris said...

So does the fabric cover the hard part of her new prosthesis...Joseph's is made to match his skin?
Poor kiddo...we didn't get the conversation around to the amputation yet...

Dianne said...

Oh, Karin. She is an amazing little girl!

Angie said...

My goodness...I'm almost crying with her. What a shock it must have been, but once again, she's handling like such a strong little girl! Don't tell Zoey, but I like the flower pattern, too. She's so funny!

Lori said...

I'm tellin' ya, that girl is braver than anyone I know. I'm so proud of her!

Love the fabric. And what a good mom you are for steering her away from the camping theme. Good gracious, that's hilarious!

I'm SO HAPPY that things are moving along quickly with this. God is so good!

Kim K. said...

Hugs to Zoey. What a trooper. Such an amazing little girl. Christmas blessings to all your kiddos, Karin.

Gretchen said...

Sweet girl. She is always so strong. So glad that she has you guys to walk this road with her. Give her a big hug from all of us.

trustandobey said...

Wow, she is really a trooper isn't she? What a glimpse into the resolve God has given her. She will go far with such resolve....
ps-LOVE the fabric choice!
ps-Praying all day for effective Christmas Eve services!!!

sara said...

What an amazing little girl you have there, Karin! And what a blessing that she is sharing her feelings and not stuffing them!

What is the fabric for? I guess I assumed the leg would be skin colored.

Sharon said...

Oh Karin, Zoey is such a brave little girl. I had to hold back tears reading your post. We will be praying that the worst is behind you all.

Kristin Ferguson said...

Oh Karin, I'm so thankful Zoey has you and Jeff and the kids to go through this with! God knew exactly what she would need when He picked your family for her!

I LOVE eating cafeteria-style too because then you can eat your dessert at the beginning of the meal if you so desire!!! Smart choice Zoey!

Lisa said...

Wow, she is such a strong little girl. Praying for you, tough to watch helplessly! Glad you were able to steer away from the campout. :)

Carol said...


For Meileighs fabric we always go to a craft or sewing shop and choose from their selection. If Zoey's lasts as long as Meileigh's she will have it about a year and I always want to make sure it is something I can live with that long.