you were older (by casting standards) and had been walking and running on that perfect little upside down, turned around, precious foot for quite a while.
We were hoping it wouldn't happen
but it did.
I now find myself lost in the thoughts of all those doctor appointments and all of those casts and what an amazing trooper you were
you endured 18 different clubfoot casts
and skin that just did not like being casted so many times - in the heat of the summer - a southern summer.
You told me that you loved me back for the very first time at one of your many clubfoot casting appointments even though your skin too fragile to recast and you - just - had - to - be - hurting.
Even through the pain, you just forged ahead and were determined to love us and trust us and to live your new life
You enjoyed every minute
cast or not.
As soon as you were done with the castings
you went straight into the brace
for a very long time but
you were ready to amaze us again when you figured out how to walk in that brace
We called it the brace shuffle
You put that brace on every single night for 3 1/2 years and as I stated in blog post long ago, just the mere mention of having to get another cast on was enough to get you to put that brace on with a smile on your face and now here we are.
Once again, you are handling the news with such strength and grace.
You were not happy at first and are still asking why but after finding out that I would NOT leave you and that we could order P*pa J*hns Pizza in the hospital, you recovered very quickly
After you found out that you might be in a wheelchair, you were positively giddy thinking about all the wheelies you could do and who would get to push you!
Oh the resilience of a 5 year old's mind.
So, I am asking for prayers
Prayers for my sweet Lizzie, prayers that the Lord will just lift her up during all of this, that she will feel His presence and find comfort there.
I ask for prayers for us, to be able to make the right decisions for her, the right doctors and the right treatment and to be able to feel peace about those decisions.
Lizzie will miss the entire soccer season
A fact that she has not considered yet
but her coach Daddy sure has! Hehe!
Matter of fact it was one of his first thoughts! Heh!
Lizzie may also have to miss school for a while
and will be more dependent on us that she has been in a long time and that will pose it's own challenges and setbacks.
Lizzie won't be able to just go outside and play or take a bath or ride her bike or go to the bathroom by herself or play on the playground, or, or, or
It will be tough
but Lizzie will be tougher
and I know that it is only temporary and praise the Lord that the medical care is there to be able to help her and her beautiful little foot.
However, my heart just hurts that she will have to go through this again and I ask for prayers.
Lizzie my darling, you are amazing and inspiring and I have no doubt that YOU will handle this way better than I!
We love you sweet girl and I have a feeling that in the not too distant future, there will be several blog posts about wheelchairs and big brothers and oh I don't know maybe a ramp or two!