I've gotten a couple emails and realized I hadn't updated on the blog here! Sorry!
The x-rays came back showing decreased bone density and she recommended we meet with "the endocrine guy" to follow-up with that. In the meantime, we are supplementing vitamin D and looking into other supplements that might help.
After some googling and the help of a dear friend, we managed to measure the Cobb angle of the last x-ray. I calculated 29° and John calculated 33°. We heard from Dr. K on Monday and he got 33° as well, so we were on for cast 8. We left on Wednesday morning and the girls stayed with my mother-in-law and her sister, who so kindly stayed at our home. Jae went to give Jack a hug goodbye and broke down sobbing. Not being the child with emotional tendencies, we invited her to come with us. It was a nice, easy trip with zero hiccups (okay, one hiccup - a yucky hotel room, but nothing other than that).
The casting day was fantastic. We woke up, drove to the hospital, got checked in, and finally were able to meet another casting family that we have been in contact with for a good part of this journey. It was so nice to have them there, especially since Jack tends to be a Daddy's boy on these trips. It certainly helped to have such a great friend across the hall. Dr. K joked that it was the Mehta Wing of the hospital and we talked a bit about measurements. I said that my calculation was lower than John's, but that his was validated by the doctor's. We spoke to him about the progress Jackson has made, and whether or not casting was going to continue to work, when he returned from the OR. He said he got Jack down to 24° (which he chalked up to being "the same" as last time - around 20). And, we discussed bracing extensively - and I'm on the hunt for a Providence Brace specialist now. Not much luck.
I'll try to add more later - the DSL went out, Blogger froze, and I lost the other 2/3rds of this post. So, I'm going to step away from the computer for a while and avoid throwing it across the room. Because, you know, that's not supposed to be good for it and all that.
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