June 25, 2014

Jackson's Helmet Graduation


3... 2... 1... WE'RE HELMET FREEEEEEE!  (for all you Dave Ramsey fans)


Wahoo! Yesterday was the big day. Can you believe it!

We drove down to the orthotics office and got some scans done of Jackson's head. Everything looked awesome!

Seriously, I am amazed when I look at Jackson's before and after images.

Red line is before surgery, Blue is now.


BEFORE                                                                       AFTER

BEFORE                                                                       AFTER

I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude when I look at these images. It's amazing, isn't it?

After that we drove to Primary Childrens and met up with Dr. Siddiqi. He gave Jackson a good look-over and officially gave us the go-ahead to be finished with the helmet!

Well, for four weeks anyway.

Then we go back down for a few more scans and as long as everything still looks good, we are done permanently!

I feel confident that all will be well though. Hubby asked Dr. Siddiqi if he had ever had to put a child back into the helmet, and he said no. But until he gets a hundred kids to do the same surgery/helmet routine without needing to come back to the four-week follow-up, they'll keep doing the check-ups.

Better safe then sorry.

But everything looks so good with Jackson I actually don't feel worried at all.



Jackson always did get a bit wild during helmet break hour.

And yesterday when we took the helmet off was no exception. He was crazy wild and hyper! After it been off for hours, he about started crawling. Seriously! It is as though he simply can't wait to take off!

I am just so happy to be done before the blistering heat of the summer months. Because that big ole' plastic helmet could sure make him sweat and we don't have air conditioning.

Whew!

So other than Jackson's follow-up in four weeks, we are good to go!

Happy Graduation Jack-Jack!


Now, if only I knew whether the reason you refused to sleep last night and kept me up at all kinds of atrocious hours was because you missed your helmet, or because you are teething so bad.

Either way, between you getting up and Claira walking in at 3:00am demanding a bedtime story, Hubby and I look like zombies today.

But don't worry, the zombie look is very flattering on us... really! *insert eye roll that took too much effort and caused a ginormous yawn*


And now to tackle our next challenge.

We are taking our 8-year old Joseph to see a pediatric neurologist this afternoon because of some serious changes we've seen take place in him over the couple few weeks. (slurred speech, loss of reflex control, etc.)

The change is definitely noticeable to others as well.


Our pediatrician checked him out as soon as we got back from Salt Lake and turned right around and set up the appointment with the neurologist.

*sigh* Faith and not fear, right?

I've got this.



Oh, and our dishwasher decided last night that it was through working for us.

I'm not sure if it was the hours or the difficulty of the job, but it didn't even bother to turn in its two week notice. Just up and quit on us.

Rude.

Time to teach the kids how to wash dishes by hand.

Bring it on.

11 super cool people speak:

Carla Bagley said...

You got this momma:) I am glad he is seeing the neurologist soon!

Sara Lyn said...

Yay for Jackson!! Celebration!!!

Good luck with Joseph. I know you'll be able to handle whatever comes your way, but I hope it's nothing serious. We'll be praying for you.

Heidi D said...

Great news about being helmetless !
Hope everything goes well for Joseph's appointment, your family will be in my prayers

Raelyn said...

Serene....
"We drove down to the orthotics office and got some scans done of Jackson's head. Everything looked awesome!" Thanks be to God!! Congrats, congrats, congrats!! Hooray for Jackson!! I am praying that, after those four weeks of being helmet-free, there will be no going back!! ;-D
Oh my goodness!! I am praying for Joseph!! Keep us updated!! :-(
"Our dishwasher decided last night that it was through working for us. I'm not sure if it was the hours or the difficulty of the job, but it didn't even bother to turn in its two week notice. Just up and quit on us. Rude." Crack. Me. Up!! ;-D
Love you later, Raelyn

Heather said...

Congrats on helmet freedom! He looks so thrilled to be helmet-free! Cute =) Hope all is well with Joseph. Oh, and it's adorable to see all the kids engrossed in books-we love books here too!

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Listening to your laugh on the video was so enjoyable for me! Thanks, happy Mama!

Jamie said...

How did his appointment go?! Hope all is well and your sweet baby is so cute with and without his helmet!!

Stacy said...

Congrats! He looks amazing! I hope all is well with Joseph, when it rains it pours, right? Thinking of you.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Thank you all so much for your comments and prayers! It may seem silly, but I really do appreciate you all. It's nice to have people out there who offer a bit of a support system. :)

Sue said...

Kind of glad I'm reading these posts backwards in time so I'm not as worried about Joseph as I would have been.

And I am so happy for your cute baby!

=)

Valerie said...

Yay for the helmet victory! congrats! You don't have AC at home? I'm so sorry! Hope the summer is a mild one.

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