Thursday, December 29, 2016

SPML and Knee Capsulotomy: A Success!

After 5 weeks, Caleb is officially cast free! He had his final trip to Galveston this week for the cast removal.

Prior to the SPML and Knee Capsulotomy surgery, the bend in Caleb's legs was close to 70°
His legs looked like this. Trying to get them straight was like trying to straighten bent steel. Impossible.

Now his legs look like this.

From 70° to 7°! His legs are so perfectly straight. I can't believe it. 

We still have to be diligent about keeping them stretched and straight. He has to wear his KAFO's a minimum of 8 hours a day (overnight counts too). His bones are weak and fragile after 5 weeks in casts so we have to be careful he doesn't do anything that could cause a break, which means no wheelchair basketball for a bit. 

His skin looks pretty gnarly after being in casts for so long so I'll wait a bit before I share photos of his incision site. 

I could not be more pleased. I really didn't know what to expect because his contractures were so bad. I can't believe we were able to get them almost completely straight. 7° is not even noticeable. 

He's almost as tall as me!

Caleb has been such a trooper throughout this whole thing. I'm so proud of the way he handled everything. We still have work to do to regain motion and strength in those legs but now that they are straight, we've got something to work with. I'm so glad we made this decision.

I'll continue to share his progress over the next few weeks. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SPML and Knee Capsulotomy Update

It's been 3 weeks since Caleb's SPML and Knee Capsulotomy surgery so I thought I would give a quick update. He had his third hard cast change yesterday and his legs look amazing!

He chose Christmas colors this time around.

Look at those straight legs ya'll! They pad the knee really well so that is why that part looks so huge. Prior to surgery his knees bent at almost a 70 degree angle. Yesterday they measured in the low 20's!! They try to get an additional 5 degrees with each weekly cast change and will continue to do that as long as we see progress. I would be tickled to death if we could get it in the teens. I am amazed by his progress. I honestly didn't know what to expect and I have been cautiously optimistic because his legs were just so bent and tight. I'm so impressed. It has not been easy on him (or us) to have both legs in casts but seeing this kind of progress has made it all worth it.

I'll continue to post pics and updates on Caleb's progress over the next few weeks. 

Monday, December 05, 2016

FreeWheel Wheelchair Attachment Deal!!

Last February I posted a detailed review of the FreeWheel Wheelchair Attachment. If you haven't read that post, take a minute to read it. The FreeWheel is a game changer for those in wheelchairs. It has allowed Caleb to navigate the rough trails at our nature park with ease. It makes pushing through grass so much easier. It has allowed him to sail down the bumpy hills at full speed without fear of tipping forward. Check out this video of Caleb tackling a rocky hill with ease.




We love it. And we love Epical Solutions for giving us the opportunity to try the FreeWheel in exchange for our honest review.

It just so happens that Epical Solutions is offering free shipping on all FreeWheel purchases throughout the month of December. Add the $100 off ADAPT code and that is a savings of $140!!

You can contact Justin directly for more information!

Justin Proctor
FreeWheel Representative
517-918-0784
justin@epicalsolutions.com
https://www.epicalsolutions.com

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