She was put in a spica cast, which was from just below her chest to her ankles. She was completely unable to move her legs in the spica cast and could not even sit up in it. But she adapted to it and didn’t let it stop her getting from where she wanted to go!
But it has been a difficult few months caring for a child in a spica cast. A spica cast made everyday, simple things, well, just not simple anymore.
It has been frustrating for my daughter and it was hard and heavy work carrying her around. The cast was not allowed to get wet so baths were out of the question. Hair washes over the kitchen sink were particularly difficult with a child who HATES having her hair washed that way and who would struggle and scream all the way through.
Keeping the cast dry is hard when you have a child in nappies as you can’t put nappies on the usual way. And what I found particularly difficult more recently was some of the reactions from other people when we went out.
But on Thursday I took my little girl in her spica cast to Bristol Children’s Hospital for the last time! Here are some photos of the wonderful sight of her legs emerging when the spica cast was removed…
I have never looked so forward to seeing a pair of legs in my life! Weak, stiff and a little scaly but how lovely it is to see her legs again! And it is lovely to be able to have a proper cuddle with her again, too 🙂
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