A couple of weeks ago Winter got an excellent report from her doctor. He was so pleased with her recovery, and we were encouraged because he was happy!
UNTIL... he asked me to bring Toby with us to Winter's appointments, and he had been checking her every 6 months. This time he asked me to bring her to Winter's follow-up visit, but also to get some x-rays. He quickly turned somber and told me that Toby's curve had progressed past 30 degrees. Toby is only 9. She hasn't even started her "growth spurt!" This news brought tears to my eyes, but he said he wanted her in a brace asap. He reminded me that the brace would not correct the curve, but that it would slow it down and possibly even stop it from curving more. We will see him again in 4 weeks to get more x-rays to see if it is working.
So, we got her brace this week. Wow. Did you know the process for that? I know I should have called or emailed or communicated in some way that Toby needed a brace, because it was a total shock for both of us. First they casted her entire torso! She had to shuffle her way over to x-ray (she reminded me a lot of my Mom walking!---please don't tell her I said that!). Then they cut the cast off and made a custom fitting brace for her. Monday was one hour wearing the brace and one hour free. Yesterday was two hours wearing the brace, then one hour free. Today Toby wore the brace for a total of six hours and will begin to wear it to bed. I feel so badly for her. She's another trooper, though! Praise our Heavenly Father for both Winter and Toby and their attitudes toward these trials!! I can't thank you enough for all your prayers. Here is the cast they cut off:
So, this past weekend we got pumpkins (the youth group is coming over to surprise Winter tonight!). I can't believe how much Nathan looks and acts and even sounds like Todd. He, Abe, and Trina set them up....just like Todd always did. We picked out pumpkins for those who were not with us (Tiffany, Grenade, the baby in heaven, Rocky, and Todd's). For Winter we got one with a straight tall stem:
We got Tiffany one that looked like a cupcake!:
Thank you again for your many prayers and cards! We are praying for all of you as well. Thanks for the update on your family. Love you and miss you lots!!!