September has been a busy month, as we just made our third trip to Shriners Children’s Greenville this month. Similar to our last visit, this latest, impromptu visit came with a few firsts.
Such as our first return visit to Greenville in less than a week and our first round trip completed in 12 hours.
Yes, our dear, sweet, determined Harrison Greene proved that the red full-leg casts were no match for him!
Harrison will no doubt require problem-solving abilities in his life, and it’s nice that he’s already displaying a gift for it, but I wouldn’t be upset if he slowed down just a bit on honing those skills..
After having surgery on his ankles on Wednesday, we returned home Thursday and Harrison spent the next few days coming up with new and inventive ways to pull his feet out of the unwanted casts, keeping him from his beloved knee walking.
From using the edge of his wagon, to his bookshelf, a laundry basket, a couch cushion, and stacking one cast on the other, anytime we realized he had found a new method of pulling on his cast, he’d move on to the next. You even had to be aware of how you held him when changing a diaper, because if he felt you holding the cast and not him, he was pulling, trying to simply will his feet out.
We were told by Dr. Hyer that we didn’t have to worry about him slipping out of the cast as long as his toes hadn’t moved more than around half an inch. When we arrived at Shriners Children’s Greenville, his toes had moved back well over an inch. To be completely honest, I’m not even sure how he managed it.
The staff at Shriners had the same reaction. They were both surprised and impressed by his accomplishments from the past few days. We’re talking; this child managed to do this, with fresh incisions and having been glued into the cast.
Of course, as his parents, at the moment we were less impressed and more annoyed than anything else, that this child continues to go against the odds, despite the headaches it may cause us.
No, honestly, we were more concerned with him potentially damaging what Dr. Hyer had done during surgery, or even causing himself further injury. Thankfully, the incisions and his feet looked great.
It was admittedly kind of cool, but also calming, and gave me a sigh of relief to see how well both his feet and the incisions looked. As long as he keeps his feet where they’re supposed to be, I can be a bit more relaxed these next few weeks. Plus, he handled the cast change like a champ, which was a tremendous relief too.
Now here’s hoping that our Houdini, The Boy Wonder, can accept and keep these casts where they’re supposed to be for the next few weeks