Monday, August 13, 2012

Mehta Cast #5, The Removal

This morning Jackson's 5th Mehta cast was removed at our local orthopedic office.  I don't mean to be cynical ... but how many times are these people going to ask us the same annoying questions?  "Are you going back to Philadelphia?" ...  "How long is this process going to be?"

Don't we wish we knew!?!

Emotions placed aside, I'm certain they are just trying to show concern.  However, it gets old being asked the same exact questions every 8-10 weeks ... it makes it feel like they aren't listening to our answers.

We took our usual Daddy-Jackson picture.


Checking out Mehta Cast #5 for the last time.


A little anxiety but no tears during the cast removal with Mr. Saw.


Checking out that infamous belly button!


Skinny-Mini.


Farewell, Cast #5!


You might be able to tell from my pen-voice that I'm a little "down in the dumps."  As I wrote back in June, we are at a crossroads in Jackson's Mehta casting process.  When we go back to Shriner's on Wednesday of this week, we will be told that morning whether Jackson gets molded for a removable brace or casted a 6th time based upon his X-ray measurements.  We don't really know what to expect, but both Justin and I were a little concerned when Mehta Cast #5 was removed.  Jackson's spine doesn't look as straight as we expected it to look.  Then again, we also keep second guessing ourselves.  Sometimes, it looks great ... other times, we can still see his scoliosis curve.  It all depends on Jackson's position when we are looking at his back.  We really won't know anything until his X-rays are read on Wednesday morning.  However, I suppose we were hoping for bracing more than either of us realized. We are just very tired of the long trips to Philadelphia, watching Jackson miss out on water activities, and just dealing with Shriner's Hospital in general.  This process has been very trying on everyone in our family, and we are desperately hoping it ends soon.  Nevertheless, we ultimately want what is best for Jackson's healing ... and if that means another Mehta cast, we will certainly choose to cast him a 6th time this week.

Your continued prayers are much needed and greatly appreciated. 

Here's Jackson's Mehta casting progress thus far:

Prior to Cast #1:  (September 2011)

Prior to Cast #2:  (November 2011)

Prior to Cast #3:  (January 2012)

Prior to Cast #4:  (March 2012)

Prior to Cast #5:  (June 2012)

Prior to Cast #6:  (today)

Okay ... now that I do that comparison ... maybe it does look better?

Lord, it's in Your hands!

9 comments:

Jen Dopson said...

He is looking so good. Keep your chin up, Jen.

I know exactly how you feel (especially since my mother has done everything she could to make us all miserable and sabotage this whole process). I know what you mean by the disappointment but still wanting to do the best thing. It is hard, on everyone.

Allow yourself that time to be sad and then look to the positives (when you're able again).

One thing I remind myself often is that she won't remember (or will only barely remember) any of this stuff. It'll make no difference to her in her life that she missed out on stuff this one summer. And eventually, the sharp edge of emotion and memory will wear away for her father and I as well.

Hang in there :)

Becca :: Making Room in Sicily said...

Wow, there is clearly an improvement throughout all those castings... but I'm sorry you might need still another one. I'll be praying for you today, Wednesday, when you're at Shriners making hard decisions!

melissa everson said...

He looks amazing Jenn!!!! I'm so happy for all of you. Everything will be worth it in the end, just keep your head up =) sending tons and tons of prayers your way!

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