Thank you all for your prayers for Andrew!! I really liked the doctor and we had a good discussion on what is best to help Andrew achieve as much mobility as possible. After reading his chart he was surprised and impressed to learn that Andrew can walk at all given everything he's been through and even more surprised to see him running/galloping around like he does. What a testimony to God's grace and mercy!!
After our evaluation we had a two hour break before returning to the procedure clinic for the Botox injections. The doctor likes to start out very conservatively to make sure his patients don't have any adverse reactions. So this time he did two injections into Andrew's calf.
The Botox they use is different than Botox Cosmetic and is a much higher concentration. He used electrodes to make sure he was in the muscle, used topical lidocaine to help with the stick, and then a nurse and I held Andrew face down while the doc did the injections. Fortunately he was very quick and it was over fast but I've never heard Andrew scream so loud before, it was a hard moment for me. The stuff is pretty thick and burns. The nurse brought him a bouncy ball, a Nemo sticker, and a lollipop and he stopped crying pretty quick. He's such a tough boy.
He seemed fine afterward but now just as the doctor said, he must be pretty sore because he was pretty out of sorts this evening.
We go back in 6 weeks for a re-eval and they will likely increase the number of injections and probably do some in his hamstring and possibly his left arm. Next time will probably be much harder because we won't have the element of surprise.
For now we will be focusing on deep stretching to help get the optimal results and he's going to wear his night splint during the day as well, as much as he'll tolerate it.
Thanks again for your prayers, God is so Good!!
New Orleans Part II
A visit with Great Grandma, Uncle Lawrence, & Aunt Cheryl
The boys were welcomed with a jackpot of Black & Decker tools, they were SO excited!
Andrew trying to sneak some of Daddy's "juice"
Adam & Great Grandma
They weren't quite sure what to think of Uncle Lawrence at first
Great Grandma surprised them with gifts to unwrap, so much fun!
Checking out the boat
Three generations of "B" Boys
The boys thought feeding the fish was the coolest thing ever!
At first only Adam would feed them while Andrew watched
But he finally warmed up to it and then was hooked!
But he threw in the cup and Daddy had to retrieve it
Chase Me Peepaw!
Playing with their cool new air hockey gift
Time to fix things!
I LOVE this! Kenny and Mini-Kenny
Time to go to work!
The boys had a blast playing with Silly Uncle Lawrence
Hey, Give it back!!
Andrew's keeping an eye on Lawrence
Thanks to our family for such a wonderful day and for showering the boys with gifts and love.