Today Mackenzie had her follow-up appointment with the orthopedic doctor. She weighs 68 lbs and was 4’10.5″ tall, which is 1″ inch taller than 6 months ago (and 2″ taller than a year ago). They took her x-ray like normal and brought her back to the room. The resident doctor came in and pulled up the x-rays on the screen. I immediately knew that the curve looked almost as bad as it did when we originally went to see the doctor the first time. He told us that it measured 49°, which is only 2° better than a year ago. He said that is just what we want to see – that the brace is keeping the curve from progressing for now. He said that they didn’t expect the brace to help improve it, just to hold it where it was.
Then the doctor came in and looked her over. He mentioned that he knew the curve seemed better during the last visit (30°), but that just like people who have good picture days and bad picture days, the spine is the same way. So I guess Mackenzie’s spine was having a “good” day that day in February. I asked him what they would do if the brace kept her curve at the same degree until she finished growing. He said that since she is on the borderline of needing to have surgery then that would really be up to us. He said that since she is so young with such a severe curve, that it was most likely going to get worse as she grew and would most likely require surgery. He said that she would wear the brace until she stops growing, which is usually around 15-16, but that would vary based on her.
Waiting on the doctor
He said that the lowest curve he has operated on was 45°, but that was a patient he had for 5 years (age 13-18) and she just wanted it fixed after all that time. He said he usually operates when the curves get closer to 60°. Even though brace is just keeping her straight at night, he said that when she eventually does have surgery that it would help with the form of her back. He said that since her curve is a natural curve that it shouldn’t cause her problems later on in life and that it shouldn’t get worse as she gets older. He did mention though that the larger curves in children this young are the ones that do get worse faster.
So I’ll keep waiting…impatiently.
Mackenzie’s x-ray appointment (1)
The brace is actually working! (2)
Another update on Mackenzie (3)
Photo of the Day: #55 (4)
Photo of the Day: #58 (5)
Mackenzie’s 1-year ortho checkup (6)
Mackenzie’s 18-month ortho checkup (7)
Mackenzie’s ortho check-up with new brace (8)
Mackenzie’s spine 8/16/12
We went on a mini-vacation last weekend and it seems like it takes me a while after vacation to get back into the mindset of blogging again. Even ever since before vacation things have been really busy and I just haven’t had much free time lately. But, I’m finally back!
Last weekend we went to Tennessee with my husband’s family and we all stayed in a cabin. We were only there for about 3 full days and Cayden had a high fever the last 2 days we were there, so she wasn’t feeling well and didn’t sleep well at all. So, we didn’t really get to do a whole lot. I would like to go back up there when we have a few more days. Anyway, she is fine now…we took her to urgent care the night we got home because I was worried that the fever was because of UTI (given her kidney issues). They said it didn’t look like she had a bladder infection, but there was a virus going around where the kids will get a high fever for about 2-3 days and then break out into a rash (Roseola). Sure enough, the next day her fever disappeared and she had a rash all over her back/stomach/face. So, that was a relief and she’s back to normal. Here are some pictures:
Here is Cayden throwing a fit when I probably told her “no” about something:
And here is Cayden throwing another fit and her cousin trying to talk to her
Cayden mad about something else
I’ve heard so much good things about the Apple Barn so we went here the first night we were down there. Neither of us were pleased with the food. We gave it another try and went to the other restaurant that served breakfast there and still wasn’t impressed. The apple fritters were good, though!
View from the back porch
We went to the Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg while we were down there:
The kids “underwater”
This shark looked kind of creepy to me…
And this shark just looks scary…
And this shark just looks retarded…
These stingrays look like they’re just smiling at you in a weird way: