April 27, 2009

Orthopaedic evaluation

Early this morning, Bertrand and I went to the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital for Children. Bertrand had an orthopaedic evaluation with Dr. Marcy Woiczik. Dr. Woiczik said that his bones looked good so far, but she wants to see another x-ray of his hips in 6 months. She is concerned that B's delay in walking may start causing hip abnormalities.

Dr. Woiczik referred Bertrand to the physical, speech and occupational therapy department at Shriners. He'll be having his speech therapy evaluation this Wednesday with Laura. On May 5th he'll be having his occupational therapy evaluation with Chris and his physical therapy evaluation wtih Cindy. These evaluations will determine the frequency of therapy.

The physical and occupational therapists will address the issue of equiptment. Dr. W mentioned that Bertrand may need braces for his feet, but the draw back is that his muscles may not strengthen properly. She also mentioned a stander--it looks very similar to a gait trainer. The therapists will determine which kind of device would best benefit Bertrand.

Overall, Bertrand seems to be doing well musculoskeletally. We just need to keep him like that and give him a little extra help with coordination/balance. Speech-wise, we'll see what Laura says this week. B and I, we're excited to get to work!


  1. Good to hear that more therapy is to come! This is excellent for B'!
    Titi Lili

  2. I am glad that his bones are fine, hopefully therapy and right equipment will make him stronger.
    My love, Mami