Thursday, September 2, 2010

Allergy Free + Ankle Braces = Jax

Jaxon had his environmental allergy testing today at Children's Hospital. He tested negative/normal for EVERYTHING. Of course, right? But after a talk with the doctor, I'm glad he doesn't have any allergies. If Jax was vomiting this extreme because of something like dust, grass or cat, he would never be able to find relief. I guess we still get to hold onto the hope that he's growing out of this.
His poor back looks like a war zone. He has 20 small incisions with pen written on him and little mosquito bite looking marks. He did not like it when the nurse applied it of course, but during the testing and after, he was just fine playing with all the little toys the nurse gave him. He's a little trooper, that's for sure! We washed him up in the tub and put cortisone cream on it, and he's doing just fine.

Jax also had a PT (physical therapy) evaluation done today by our friends at Birth-to-Three. They're so happy to see him walking. The therapist still sees how Jax's feet pronounce outward and has recommended braces to correct this. With the way his feet are positioned, he has a lot of pressure on his ankles which don't support his knees and hips properly. This may be a reason why we can't get his back to align much longer than a week at the chiropractor. Our pediatrician is faxing in the Rx for the braces tomorrow and we'll be calling to set up an appointment for Jax to get measured.
I looked up the type of braces he'll be getting (surestep.net) and I'm feeling better about them. I was a little sad thinking we'd be adding more equipment to Jax, but these braces seem like they'll really help Jax. I grabbed a picture off the website to give you an idea of what they'll look like.

I'm also signing the boys up for the fall session of Adaptive Gymnastics at the YMCA through the Birth-to-Three program. This is perfect for what I've been looking for. A physical therapist will be there and it's for 1-4 yr olds with developmental delays. It's every Thursday morning for 9 weeks. We plan to have Jax attend this each week, and then re-assess his needs again after that to see if we want therapy in the home as well.

In Brady-news, he's still biting his brother, but now his brother is fighting dirty and pulling hair! They are monsters. While they were in the bathtub tonight I told them to be gentle, so Brady rubbed Jax's head and Jax slapped Brady on the chest. (sigh) Oh these kids...


I think we'll pick the sports theme for Jax's braces, he'll like that.

3 comments:

Alicea said...

Those look just like the ponsetti's sandals Kyle has to wear each night to bed. He was born with a clubfoot on top of his CF. It sucks to see our little guys going through all of this, but they prove every day just how resilient they are, don't they?

erinlaughs said...

I know someone else who has those braces and they have helped tremendously! Plus, they are hardly noticeable. I hope they help Jax!

Jenn said...

A little boy at our church has those braces and they are cute...they just look like a little shoe basically...they have come so far with this type of stuff...