Friday, October 9, 2015

Orthopedic Visit, More Exciting Firsts, and Good News!

In my previous post, I mentioned that Levi had taken his first steps in his gait trainer, which is a specialized walker.  Since then, he has taken more steps and has added another first to his growing list.  Last night in the bath tub, he splashed for the very first time!  Although he's been able to kick his legs for the past few years, he has never done so in the bath.  When he splashed, he laughed.  I asked him to do it again, and he did.  We went on like this for a while :)

Today, he was vocalizing more than usual, and would make noises in response when we talked to  him.  This little guy is growing more and more!  He shared our cheesecake at lunch.  Levi thought my banana cream cheesecake was sort of tasty, but he flipped over Patrick's salted caramel cheesecake.  What can I say, the kid has good taste :)

Levi had an appointment with the orthopedic doctor today.  His feet have been turning inward and pointing down for quite a while, and it's grown progressively worse.  He takes daily medication for tight muscles, and gets Botox injections a couple times a year to keep them from tightening so much that it causes him pain.

The doctor said the tightness in his feet is caused by more than tight muscles.  His Achilles tendon is too short.  Next month he will have surgery to lengthen the tendon so his feet will be able to stand flat.  He will have short casts on both legs for about four weeks, and after that he'll have special braces.  Though we are never excited for another surgery, this should make a huge difference for Levi in comfort as well as productivity.

Stay tuned for more great things!  As we have always said, God is doing wondrous things for Levi.  It feels wonderful to see him so happy!
Levi and his big brother Tommy:)


  1. I think it is just absolutely great that Levi is making strides. I will be sure to pray for him each and every day.May God bless and watch over him. I enjoy reading your posts a lot. I hope that the special braces help with his productivity and comfort as that is something that is so important to have especially comfort.

    Agnes Lawson @ Pain Relief Experts

  2. Thank you, Agnes! We greatly appreciate your prayers and support!