Monday, July 30, 2012

Botox - Not Just for the Real Housewives

Confession #1 - yes, I watch Real Housewives (NYC being my favorite). It's one of my guilty pleasures. That, along with 80's music. The cheesier, the better.

Confession #2 - ... well... never mind. That was enough confessing for a Monday.

Today was a really big day in Jackland. We've been hearing about this amazing doctor from Seattle Children's Hospital who comes to our state for a clinic (it's what happens when you live in a rural place). We finally got to see her this morning. Her specialty is rehabilitative medicine, basically an M.D. in physical therapy. She sees lots of preemies and kids like Jack (with cerebral palsy and other motor skill issues). I had literally heard about how awesome she was from five different doctors. She did not disappoint.

It is very refreshing being around a doctor who understands Jack's specific health concerns. She told us the answers to our questions, often before we even had to ask them! She was prepared, didn't "dumb" things down when talking with us, and was probably the most encouraging doctor we've ever spent time with. We left feeling on cloud nine.

Long story short, Jack is doing amazingly well for his rocky beginnings. For his grade of brain hemorrhages, his ability to walk so well is something to get excited about. Now, no one really needed to tell us this, because we know how much of a miracle it really is and how hard Jack has worked to get to this place. But to hear it. Oh that is pure icing on the cake!

I really wanted to spend some time talking about Jack's future, about what to expect. She thinks he will continue to improve in walking and movement. They have different categories for rating movement capabilities, and Jack scored very highly. She told us about cerebral palsy and how it is not a degenerative disease in that Jack won't get worse. It can only get better! How awesome is that to hear?! We learned about things we will need to watch out for (his left hip) and we finally got the confirmation that yes, Jack will be getting Botox in some of the tighter muscles of his left leg. I guess Botox was actually discovered first as a treatment for kids like Jack, long before it was used for cosmetic purposes. Botox is scheduled for late October, where Jack will be put under light anesthesia. Bring it on, I say!

Overall, a wonderful appointment.

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13 comments:

Ashley said...

Ok, clearly we were sisters in another life. I LOVE RH and at our wedding? We had an 80s dance party. Not joking. So glad to hear about your appointment. Isn't it great to see some of the best doctors in the nation?

Jord said...

That is such great news Jessi. I'm so happy you got your answers and that this doctor is so amazing. Hoping the best come in October.

Julia said...

That sounds awesome!!! Botox is a really useful tool when it comes to spasticity! I see how well it works in my adult patients and how much happier they are!!! I see a lot of high functioning CP adults and they do great with early intervention... Now mind you, I have seen some that haven't done well... and when Inasked why.. I had one lady tell me that she didn't get any therapy until she was almost 8!!! Her parents were told she was lazy!!! WTH! I see a lot of patients after strokes do amazingly well with PT!! So I am super excited for Jack!!! Keep us posted!!!

Samantha said...

I'm so happy for all three of you!! He is simply amazing!! So nice of that doctor to recognize it and provide you with the information/feeling that she did!! YAY!

Emily Real said...

WOOHOO!!! :D

Kristin D said...

What welcome and great news! So glad you were told wonderful information and conformation of Jack as such a miracle. What a great improvement over the garbage you were hearing last week! You are all so AMAZING!

Julie said...

Love the contrast between walmart checker lady and educated, compassionate doctor! It was time for some good news. :) So glad you had a great appointment.

The Westbys said...

Yeah! Glad for great doctors!!

Kasey Mathews said...

Jessi, this made my day. What joy!

Sarah said...

Just came across your blog via Pinterest and I'm sitting here in tears! Jack is lucky to have a mama like you. What a precious little boy! (And a great name, too - it's my son's name!) So glad that the appointment went well! You and your family will be in our prayers!

Jessi said...

Sarah, thanks so much for leaving a comment. Made my night to hear from you!

Rebekah said...

God knows the perfect timing when we need some encouragement, and he dosed you with a big one! Great news!!

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