Tuesday, August 5, 2008

An Odd Sort of Happy

Yesterday it was decided that Barrett is going to have a tendon transfer surgery done on his left leg in September. We made the choice to do this so as to hopefully eliminate the brace he wears everyday. However, it sounds odd to say that you are happy that your child is going to go through surgery. He has been wearing a brace of some sort for 6 1/2 years and he is done. He is tired of explaining to others what it is and why he wears it. SO, we met with the orthopedic surgeon and he recommended this procedure. It will involve a one night stay in the hospital and 6 weeks of a cast. He will then wear his brace for six months and THEN, in the words of the doctor, "HE WILL BE ABLE TO KICK THAT BRACE TO THE CURB!" Yeah! We are very excited for him and nervous and apprehensive and everything all mulled into one but mostly excited at the thought that he will no longer have to be a little different. It is difficult thought to make the decision for your child the have surgery, elective or not, but we have made the best decision for him. SO, be thinking about us on September 23rd as we embark on this next adventure and hope that doctor is right! If he is, next summer Barrett should be BRACE FREE!!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

I pray he recovers swiftly!


kitty said...

i can imagine your twisted feelings, but i know you all are doing the right thing! keep your eyes on the prize - a happy, brace free child!!!