Scenes from the trip.....(Being a pine-tree lover, I made Emma lean out in the snow and freezing temps and take some pictures for you my bloggy friends, who don't have the privilege of living in the mountains...)
Isaiah slept more than normal as we drove..I think it was the stress of what was about to happen. We had been telling Isaiah that we would find a T*ys R Us after he was cast for a special treat. The morning of the doctor's appointment Emma said to him, "Hey, today we get to go find a present at T*oys R Us." He said, "Ummm, I don't think I want a present." (Smart little guy and yes, he understood perfectly well what would have to come before the present!
I've seen alot of doctors in my 50 years. I don't know if I've ever met one as kind and gentle as Dr. Hatch. His "bedside manner" was unbelievable. He took his time. He asked Isaiah if he had any questions. Isaiah did. (It was so sweet and yes, he had come up with the question all on his own.) He answered Isaiah's question with great care. He gave Isaiah gloves to "help" as he did it. He hugged Isaiah when it was all done. Dr. Hatch's staff loved Isaiah. Even those not involved with his case came in for a peak (having heard how cute he is) at this tender hearted smiling little guy of ours.
On a sidenote and definitely the most exciting news of all.....Dr. Hatch looked at the x-rays of Isaiah's hands. For those who don't know or remember, Isaiah's hands are severely affected by the Arthrogryposis. A hand specialist had said (about a year ago) that there was no hope for his hands - which was earth shattering to Isaiah and us. Isaiah is so deeply troubled by his hands, it breaks our hearts.
Anyway, after Dr. Hatch looked at the x-rays, he said we should really seek another opinion from a different hand specialist because he felt there was something that quite possibly could be done to help Isaiah's hands. We were ecstatic at even the thought - his words gave us such hope!!
Thank you for all your prayers dear friends. We have to go back in 9 days to be recast again. This will go on for quite a few castings and then he will have surgery. Isaiah's attitude with the casts on is something that everyone could take a lesson from...including adults. He has not complained once. His smile is unending and he is a remarkable patient.
At the moment Dw is on his way to pick up a pediatric wheelchair in a neighboring city. Your continued prayers are greatly appreciated....and if you get to meet our little guy - you will agree - he is one very, very, very extra-special treasure - from the heart of God!! How blessed we are!