We are quite worried about this knowing that if it continues to get worse the only treatment is very delicate surgery to fuse these vertebrae together in hopes to prevent it from curving any further. The doctor has explained that we want to put this surgery off as long as possible, in a "perfect" world all the way until Alex is at least eight or nine years old so he has time to grow. Because the surgery would fuse these vertebrae together, this area would be prohibited from growing, stopping growth in any area is not something you want to have to do in a baby. And any other spinal surgery at all is not something we want to have him need again. Although the doctor wants to continue to follow this closely, he is careful to reassure us that as of right now, this curve is not significant enough at this point to have to make any decisions about. He will get more xrays in another 3-4 months. The thought of this getting worse frightens me. I can't even try to put into words how much but I will do my best not to let the worry get me. It would be fruitless. God has brought Alex (and both of our sons) through soooo much, and I have to have faith that He will walk us through this as well as He's done all of the rest.
On a lighter note, the Ortho also agreed it was time for Alex to get a stander. This is simply a piece of equipment that will assist Alex in being upright and bearing weight. The ability to stand or walk is more than just a milestone, it has huge medical benefits. The act of being upright and bearing weight alone helps to build and strengthen bones that otherwise might not get a chance to be used and as a result atrophy, makes the circulatory system work more efficiently pumping the blood from the heart to limbs, as well as improving respiratory function to the lungs. The act of being upright also enhances bowel and bladder function, as well as decreasing potential for pressure sores and skin breakdown.
I've been trying to upload this video but blogger is not cooperating. Check back later and enjoy!
In the video is our amazing "Mrs. Julie", Alex's physical therapist. In the background is one very happy and shocked mommy and a cheering brother!! This is Alex's first time pulling himself forward which is such hard work and we couldn't be more proud of him!!!!