Monday, April 30, 2012

Wait Time, Exam Glove Balloons, and Hair Cuts

Today was Abby's big orthopedic appointment.  We realized very quickly that one of the downsides of seeing one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the world is that he is in very high demand!  Dr. S. was called out for an emergency, which certainly wasn't his fault, so we had to wait about an hour and a half before we saw him.

What to do, what to do, with an hour and a half of wait time in an empty exam room with no toys because we already had a lot to carry in and we figured it wouldn't be that long?  Well, after exhausting the standard peekaboo-in-the-mirror-of-the-exam-room game that we usually play, we let Abby stand in the large windowsill and people-watch...her favorite!  They'd told us to take her pants off for the exam though (before we realized we'd be waiting for so long!), so I'm sure passersby looking up at the 5th floor window got a chuckle out of a half-naked baby banging on the glass with a huge smile on her face!  When that turned into a much more fun game of throwing herself backward into the hopefully-waiting arms of one of her parents, we decided to entertain her with the less dangerous iPod.  She played on that for a while before beginning the Go Fetch game, we sang songs until she stopped signing again, she whacked Daddy on the head for a bit, and then...I was out of ideas.

Enter:  exam gloves!!  My OB blew up an exam glove and made it into a chicken once for Caleb.  He loved it, so I figured why not?  I quickly blew one up, drew a face on it, and tossed it to Abby.  It entertained her for the remainder of the time until Dr. S. got there.  Success!!

As far as for what Dr. S. actually said about Abby's hips...the problems we are seeing are not caused by hip dysplasia.  He feels it is a muscle issue and that we just have to keep working hard at the walking. He didn't see anything that was a cause for concern, so no surgery or braces are needed.

I turned to Abby soon after and said, "Alright, Girlfriend!  You hear that?  There's nothing wrong, so now we're going to make you work even harder to get you walking!"

It was great news to hear, but I was really hoping Dr. S. had some miracle cure to make kids walk.

No such luck.

So, we celebrated with Menschies and got Abby a haircut she desperately needed!  Here are a few pictures of her new hairdo!

She's got a lot more curls now, and the stringiness is finally gone.  Thank goodness!  :)

Thank you all for praying us through this appointment.  Now you can pray for my patience during this walking process, since it seems to be a slow one.  :)

1 comment:

Debbie said...

Love the hair - so darned adorable