Thursday, December 16, 2010

So My Kid is Bulletproof?

Ok, not really. But it kinda looks like it. Don't you think? See that white thing around his chest? That, my friends, is a spinal jacket. It's purpose is to help straighten out Dakin's back and in general make things easier for him.

We were fitted for it a month ago--an experience I didn't write about, maybe because the whole thing was only slightly preferable to a stint in a gulag. Nightmarish, the fitting was.

Today wasn't much better--think maybe a root canal minus the drugs. The second we parked the car Dakin was saying, "No guy up! No guy up!!" (The orthotist had to stretch him out for the fitting, suspended over two stools--oh, it was horrible). He kept with that same theme the whole time we were in there--'no guy up' and 'no owie!'. Tears and gasping later, we got the jacket on and all of a sudden he was three inches taller. Amazing.

It will take some getting used to, but he only has to wear it when he's in his stander, lying down or in his old stroller. So yay. He rode all the way home in it and was happy as a clam.


Junior said...

Looking good Dakin, Junior has a brace like that and we call it his turtle shell.

Sara said...

Poor Dakin! Poor Mommy!! He sure does look handsome in his flak jacket though!

Kristy said...

I'm sorry it was so hard, but
I hope it helps a lot.

Sky said...

he is bulletproof!!!! Im so glad it went well, I love that "no guy up" I hope I hope you all have a great weekend!!!!

Presley & Charlotte Gleason said...

Pres had a tlso before the spinal surgery and she HATED the fitting, putting it on at first,,,eventually got used to it. But imagine how hard it is to go from being crooked to straight. Poor guy! Give him smooches from pres and tell him he ROCKS it!!!! :)

Dana said...

It is a hard thing to watch them cast their body while you balance them. Tell him Laneah's been there too. It is a little better the second time. :[