It's been about 6 months since Savanna's last check up (and my last post). A lot can happen in that amount of time! For example, this sweet girl is already over half way through kindergarten!
Savanna's Latest Adventures:
Here's what happened right after her last brace check up... this big kid's first day of kindergarten!
Crazy Hair Day!
My future engineer....having fun with PVC.
Open House Night. Savanna's sweet pre-school teacher came to check out the school. (It's where she went as a kid too!)
Trip to the lake.
Great write-up about Savanna for Shriners. They provide services to all families in need, regardless of a family's ability to pay. Therefore, they are always looking for support AND donations! https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/greenville/ways-to-give
School Fun Run!
Hiking to waterfalls!
Halloween! Just a couple of trolls (Biggie and Poppy, of course) plus a Dinosaur and his cave mama.
Post-bath sibling snuggle time.
Savanna's passive solar house.
Thanksgiving with friends.
Shenanigans with more friends.
Fun at The Nutcracker.
Then a trip to Paw Patrol Live. What a blast!
Obligatory Santa photo!
Christmas Eve Fun.
Cousin visit and more snow time!
Some of Savanna's artwork. Translation: "I hug people" :-)
The Big Man turned Three!!!
This sweet girl has been in the same brace for almost a year and a half now! It's holding up well, but definitely is starting to show some wear. During her visit to Shriners this time around, we first had an x-ray, and guess what???? There is still a curve, but it is looking better!!!! She is down to about 16 degrees! Her growth over the past 6 months (almost 1.5 inches!) and her constant wearing of the brace have made this possible. We were hoping for her to at least stay stable, and honestly, I was really concerned that we would lose some correction after her last visit. However, for her to continue to improve like this has been an amazing surprise!
Waiting for the doctor.
The amazing Dr. Pete!
Awesome x-ray! The one on the left is where we started at 52 degrees. The middle one is from August 2017 (19.7 degrees), and the one on the right is from today (16 degrees!)! Plus in the one today, she is leaning a bit to the right, which means the curve is likely even less!
Fellow scoli buddy Lyla, who is still staying straight!! Way to grow, Lyla!
Dr. Pete and three of his scoli warriors. (Thanks for the photo, Melissa!)
Well, since Savanna is doing really well, there wasn't any more talk about going back in to a cast (woo hoo!), however, she is starting to outgrow her brace. So, we will be headed back to Shriners in about a month so Savanna can be molded for a new brace. This time she wants a pink brace with a picture of the Paw Patrol pup Tracker on it.
Stay tuned for another blog post in about a month about that visit. It promises to be an interesting experience since they plan to put her on a casting table and "cast" her temporarily. Once the cast dries, they will take it off to make the brace. All of this will happen while she is awake (i.e. no sedation)!
Thank you to everyone who has said a little prayer for our girl. Slow and steady wins the race!