Today we had Finn's annual(?) assessment follow up at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. We see a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner there who specializes in pediatric orthopedics. We went two years ago in February at which time she had documented several things to follow up with Finn...which was today!
Finn is doing AMAZINGLY well! I didn't know what to expect going there; sometimes no expectations are the best expectations. She was very impressed with his progress and could barely believe it was the same kid. Two years is a big gap when you are only four (and he had only been walking for two months last time)! His feet still tilt in slightly when he is standing, but when he goes up on his tippy-toes, they correct, so that is a good sign. His hips are still slight misaligned, but again, they have improved so much and she thinks the longer he is moving, walking and running, the more they will continue to improve. She was impressed with his running, jumping and hopping ability and said his range of motion for legs and feet was in normal range. Because Finn does complain about leg and knee pain, she
wants us to let her know if it gets worse, as there are braces he could
use to properly align him if needed. She said that she will leave his case open but unless things change, we don't need to go back!!!
I feel like this is a big milestone in Finn's (and our!) journey. He still has gross motor delays and somewhat low muscle tone, but I feel like they aren't anything we can't handle. Maybe we can FINALLY leave his prematurity behind? Feeling very good today. You go, Finn!!
Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.