Thank you - Thank you for all the prayers lifted on our behalf yesterday! Trip three to Shriner's was so much better for Aaron. The trip up was extremely fast and uneventful despite a bit of snow at certain places. We are so grateful for the Shriner's who have been driving us back and forth each week. The men yesterday were so kind in their care of us. Not having to drive it ourselves is such a blessing! Aaron was in a great mood yesterday and navigated around the hospital like he owned it.
While we were eating breakfast in the cafeteria, Aaron's doctor was able to see watch him walking in his short casts. That was a huge blessing as he opted again to short cast our little guy, focusing on getting the feet flat. The casting process was MUCH EASIER. Aaron cried a bit but did not scream. Instead of making him lay on his stomach, Rob held him in his arms on the table. This kept Aaron from pushing away from the doctor and it also was a much more comforting position - held tight in Papa's arms. The result of the casting yesterday was evident - Aaron's right foot is almost flat to the ground and his left foot is much lower than the week previous. The flatter his feet, the more he is forced to walk heel-toe. As soon as the casting process was over, Aaron was on the floor and out the door!!
Aaron will eventually have to go back to the long casts for a week or two to get his feet straight and pretty but another week in short casts is definitely a blessing. As Aaron so happily states: "I can walk!"
(my camera battery died and so we had to take the pictures with the phone)