If you have ever hesitated to get a second opinion?
If you have ever felt funny about questioning your doctor's opinion?
If you have ever felt like you were betraying your doctor if you ask for a second opinion?
Don't feel guilty
Remember this post, Relapse?
We truly believed that Lizzie's foot was relapsing.
Lizzie's doctor thought her foot was relapsing.
We were preparing for surgery and casts
We were preparing for a wheelchair
We were preparing for NO soccer!
We got a second opinion
from a Ponseti approved doctor (go here for more info on the Ponseti casting method for clubfeet)
This doctor wasn't close
He was 3 hours away
and I don't like to drive in unfamiliar places
I guess you could call me directionally challenged
and I get REALLY tired
Funny how operating on less than 5 hours of sleep at night will do that to ya!
So, Lizzie and I loaded up REALLY early Monday morning
armed with coffee and snacks and coffee (heh) and directions
VERY detailed directions - sigh...
and off we went.
It was an adventure.
My girl always loves an adventure.
I love that about her!
It was the two of us against
my lack of navigational skill the world
and we made it
and it was SO worth it!
This Ponseti approved doctor
doesn't think she is relapsing
This doctor thinks that she has a “drop foot” which means that her tendons are not strong enough to pull her foot up and over when she walks, causing Lizzie to drag that foot...
which means that if we had done the surgery, it probably would not have worked and Lizzie would have gone through an operation and weeks of casting and wheelchairs...
This doctor did say that she may need surgery in the future...
that she still may be relapsing but that he would like to try something else first.
He wants to put Lizzie in AFO's – braces in her shoes
(at least for now)
Hubby Lizzie very happy!
Which makes this Momma very happy
Thank you to those who prayed for our Lizzie
The Lord used those prayers to direct us (literally – hehe) to the right place
to the right doctor
to our second opinion.
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