Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Going Swimming

For some people, it's urology. The appointment that makes them break out in a cold sweat. For me, it's orthopedics. I'm not sure why. Maybe because bad news at orthopedics means surgeries. And I feel like his bones could be seriously messed up and we'd never know it. But... no need to worry today! Lewis had a hip ultrasound six months ago that looked good and today he had a quick X-ray of his hips. They look good, but it will be something that we'll always have to monitor. The muscles in his hips are weak, so there's not much to keep his hips in their sockets. The fact that he does move his hips really helps, so hopefully it will never be an issue. We'll go back every six months until he's two and about every year from then on out, unless something comes up. The doctor also wrote a prescription for an AFO for Lewis's right foot that he'll only wear at night. Since Lewis can pull that foot up, the AFO will pull his foot down while he's sleeping to make sure his foot develops normally and won't need surgery in the future. We also found out Lewis's doctor will be moving out of state so we'll see a different doctor at our next appointment. I was a little disappointed because I've been happy with this doctor, but I've heard good things about the other doctor as well, so hopefully we like him just as much. 

After orthopedics, it was time to go swimming! Lewis was a little tired from all the running around, but you'd never know it unless you know Lewis. He was happy and smiling and talking, he just wouldn't do what we wanted him to do! In aquatherapy, Lewis works on trunk strength, balance, and aligning his spine. Sometimes he's on a noodle, sometimes a kickboard, and sometimes Miss Laura just holds him. He LOVES it. He splashes and plays and thinks it's the best game ever. And most of the time, he tries really hard and uses his muscles to correct his balance and sit up straight. Then there are days like today where he splashes and plays and does NOT use his muscles. He's just a noodle! Really, I'm  probably exaggerating... he did really well most of the time, but after a while, he just wanted to play around in his own personal super-sized bathtub. Who can blame him?! 


  1. Looks like soooo much fun:-) what a great way to end a busy day....playing in your own personal super-sized bathtub!

  2. So glad to hear about the great appointment! Now I'm curious as to which doctor is leaving...Dr. M? I can't remember if you see her or someone else? Love the pictures of Lewis swimming...what a cutie!!


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