After we got home from our 3 week appointment, things were going along as normal. Ethan went to bed and begin hurting at his tendon sights. He was crying and very uncomfortable. My husband gave him some Motrin and about 3:00 am, he drifted to sleep. We got up as normal, couldn’t put on the school uniform shorts, so I just let him wear navy blue gym shorts (at least they were one of the school uniform colors) and he was so sleepy, that he didn’t complain too much about his legs other than they were sore and hurting, so I gave him another dose of Motrin and off to school we went. I went to work (45 min drive). About 9:30, the school nurse called and said that Ethan was crying and in her office. He was in a lot of pain. On my way to the school, the nurse called again asking if there was anything she could do until I arrived to help him. By this time, I could hear him hollering in the background. I told her to go ahead and take the casts off and rest his ankles on some ice. After the longest drive ever, I walked into the nurses office where he was resting comfortably.
I had already made him another Doctor’s appointment after the nurse told me that he shouldn’t be in that much pain. His main complaint was that his tendons were hurting and his heels were hurting. The casts were rubbing his heels. He can’t walk and now, he can’t crawl (bulky things). Off to the doctor’s office. Dr. McCartney took Ethan back promptly and after speaking with Ethan, asked him, “if they were hurting that bad, why didn’t you just take them off?” Huh?? Take them off?? That simple?? Duh!! Dr. McCartney said that we can remove them as long as he is just laying around and watching TV, bathing, or when he gets uncomfortable at school. He said the beauty of removable walking boots….to take them off. More than anything that had happened, I finally saw clam and relief come over Ethan, and for the first time in 24 hours, he settled down.
We went to the mall to eat lunch, walked briefly in 2 stores, and rode 1 hour back home. He didn’t cry, fuss, or complain one time. He was back to his old self. We got to his Mimi’s and he laid on the couch, and we took them off. Then he had to go to the restroom. So, we had to put the socks and braces back on and go. He came back to the couch and we removed them again. He is settled.
Now for the worst part of all…. OMG the smelly feet. I was blown away when we pulled the shocks off. They are toxic. Definite detox is in order
He is still really sore when he stands but that is normal from him going to being bound in tight and hard casts to a free walking boot. It should ease off in a few days. Poor calves, he has none. They are so very small, like he almost doesn’t have any
14 days from today to walking !!!!!!!!!!!!
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