Jacie has been home for 2 1/2 years. She was adopted from the Special Needs Chinese Adoption Program at the age of 8 years old. She is learning and growing in her forever family~

Friday, February 24, 2012

Don't Listen to the Crazy Lady

It is so difficult for me to write this... I've been defeated. Jacie is now 'brace-less'. Ugghh... That little turkey can talk her way out of anything and yesterday Dr. Nowicki fell under her charms. She has been struggling with some swelling and the brace broke open her skin on the knee. So Dr. Nowicki has decided to take it off of her until after the surgery. All of that work down the drain. The good news? After surgery we get to start the whole process over.

I did find out more about her surgery and what to expect. Dr. Nowicki met with several doctors at the children's hospital and did a round table discussion about where to go with Jacie's care. This is what they have come up with. On March 13th she will have the surgery to remove all of the metal in her left leg and hip. While she is in the hospital, they are going to cast the left leg completely in a sitting position- yeah, you read that right. It will be casted in the bent position. That should make our boring, routine lives very interesting (did you notice my sarcasm?)

I haven't even told you the best part yet. After six weeks casted in a sitting position, Jacie will be admitted to the children's hospital rehabilitation center for three weeks. The nearest rehab hospital is two hours away. So I will be moving there with Jacie...and everyone else...? Maybe I will sell them to the gypsies.

I trust Dr. Nowicki has her best interests at heart so I know that this seemingly mixed up spring will have value for her. He really seems to enjoy Jacie and she loves going to see him. She jokes with him and he smiles. She sees his smile as encouragement. It was cute when he walked in the room to find her hiding behind the curtain- what she called her bat cave. He said, "Where's my favorite patient?"

She piped up, "Behind the curtain..."

So much for playing hard to get. I am glad that she likes Dr. Nowicki. It is good to see since he is the one who is performing all of her surgeries. We also found out that the man who is working on Jacie's leg brace and orthotics was born severely clubfoot just like her. I would have never noticed that if he hadn't told us. He is well into his sixties and very functional. He walks great. That is my goal for Jacie- completely able to do whatever she desires. He said that he was the youngest of seven children. His father had died and his mother raised all of the kids alone and she would drive him sixty miles one way twice a week for rehab. He had many surgeries but in the end was able to play high school sports. Wow! That was sixty years ago- imagine the opportunities now. He is another one that I am glad to have on Jacie's case. He has been in her shoes.

She is doing well and is seemingly not bothered by the upcoming surgery. When Dr. Nowicki told her that she would only have to stay in the hospital for one night she fluttered her eyelashes at him, held up two fingers and said, "Two...?"

To which I replied, "Don't listen to the crazy lady. One night is more than enough."

What a piece of work. I am continually amazed at the journey that God has chosen for us. We covet your prayers as we walk this young lady through this time of her life. It can be discouraging and exhausting to think that in the span of twenty months, she will have come to America, learned English, had two major surgeries and stolen a piece of each of our hearts. That's a lot of busy going on... Hope that all is well for you.

~Camo Pants

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