Thursday, March 26, 2009

Botox Clinic Update

We saw Dr L on Tuesday. I love this man. I feel very privileged that we are able to see him at all.

First appointment after lunch, 1pm - we arrived at 12.40pm left at 3.20pm. LONG day with the girls.

Isla has been sick with the 'flu for the last few days, and was particularly bad yesterday. Any smart mother probably would have not taken her out, but with the waiting list so long to see Dr that I just didn't want to cancel. I was pretty surprised when he said, "I haven't seen Isla for almost a year" Surely not?! I really should have waited around in October last year.

So, we're having botox. Still uncertain just how I feel about the whole thing, but that's secondary I guess. Isla doesn't know about it all just yet, and that's for a few reasons. 1. That I have absolutely no idea how to explain it to her. 2. I don't quite know what to expect and 3. It's not until June, I don't want her stressing about things until then.

June 4th we're booked in. Wish us luck. Her right leg is turning in quite a lot, all of us were really shocked to see just how much it tuned on Tuesday, even Ian and I commented to each other that we've never seen it that bad before. Thinking about it now, I think it may have been more obvious because she really wasn't very well. Today it's nowhere near as pronounced.

She'll be having 3 injections in total. 2 in the right leg, one in the left. Then will be in plasters about 3ish weeks afterwards (I think I heard that right). They said something about the gastrocnemius (thanks Google!) muscles. Wiki tells me that's the calf muscles. They're also doing hamstring on the right hand side. I really should learn all these proper terms for the muscles, then I might have some clue what they're talking about.

Only little doses of the Botox, Dr L said we may not see any difference (which makes me think, why bother) but he said better to start out small and increase as she needs it. It'll be interesting.

She'll have the injecitons under sedation, thank god. She'll have the nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and morphine as well. Dr L advises us to get hold of an anaesthetic mask so Isla doesn't freak out with it. Will see if Aunty Kate can hook us up with one of these.

Hip X-rays showed slight migration in the right hip, but nothing to be concerned about. Probably caused by the way her right leg is turning in. There was talk of theratogs, will have to investigate further.

We saw Michael the physio yesterday, and he introduced us to "Dynamic Taping". This funky bandage (fabrifoam) which is smooth one one side and grippy yet foamy on the other, which we wind around her leg, which helps to pull it out. It's awesome. Michael strapped her up yesterday over her orthotic and when Isla ran her leg was straight! Still pulled in a little when she walked, but a massive improvement. I showed Ian how to put it on last night and he was surprised by how well it worked. Will definitely have to stick with this!

Haven't taken photo's for a while. Will strap her up and take some pics today hopefully!


Anonymous said...

So weird about the dynamic taping. I'd never heard of it before but now I've read about it 3 times in so many days!

I am glad it works well with Isla.