My Hero, the prosthetics technician

May 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm 1 comment

Isaac’s got AFOs. It’s that simple. They keep him off of his toes and from falling all over the place. Plus, they’re cool looking. He’s got airplanes, trucks, cars and checkered flags all over them. The print is called “fly and drive.”

These suckers require constant adjustment and new straps every so often because of the daily on and off. Velcro only lasts so long!

So, as I noticed the straps were getting a smidge ratty, Isaac’s private PT, Miss Kim (who we LOVE) noticed that his left foot had a huge pressure mark from the AFOs.  Man..How to feel like a bad parent! I didn’t even notice this.  The poor kid has the AFO cutting into his foot, he’s hyposensitive and I’m letting him walk around like this? Oh, for the love of Pete!

So, I made a frantic phone call to the orthotics lab, and initially they weren’t going to be able to get us in until next week, but with another protsthetics tech! AHHH!!! We like our regular tech…he’s just awesome.  So, as they were fishing, they found a quick cancellation, and we were able to get in. It was either that or send Isaac to school in his crocs…which the PT at school calls “the scourge of the Earth.” I think she’s overreacting, but I digress…

I picked Isaac up from school a few minutes early and gunned over to the lab, where we were greeted by our favorite people, the receptionists who spoil Isaac like crazy. We were immediately lead back to the treatment room, where Rob, our hero met us.

Rob immediately saw the pressure spot and noted the straps were all sorts of a hot mess. Come on, soccer and daily use take its toll on straps! They’re all sorts of shreddy.

Rob took the afos to the lab downstairs and started heating and pushing and heating and pushing on the areas of teh AFOs that were causing pressure. He then redrilled the holes for the straps and put brand spankin’ new straps on the AFOs!

The whole thing, from start to finish took 30 minutes. Thank heavens above for Rob…who is our hero of the prosthetic kind. He really saved the day and Isaac’s poor left foot!


Entry filed under: neato, ouchies, parenting hell, shrimper.

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  • 1. Jen  |  May 19, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Hey- did you go to Springfield? I can’t remember when you said it was. If so, how did it go?


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