On this day,
Decompression wasn’t unexpected
But I was in denial… it seems for a long time. I wrote a post about the signs she needed spinal decompression (although I titled it rather poorly, so it can be hard to find). If you want to check it out, here is how we found out Addie needed spinal decompression.
And so it was
Two years ago, our summer wasn’t spent basking in the sun, not a care in the world… of course, there was some of that. August brought about a change, however, that we will never forget. The admission to the hospital after an easy surgery. A rare reaction. Unexpected hours in decompression surgery. And, finally, peace.
Please note: if you click on “decompression surgery” above, at the end of that post is a photo of Addie’s spinal decompression incision as it healed that first week. It’s not gruesome looking, but it’s my warning!
Addie is an amazing kid. She dances twice a week, enjoys music class, and is starting 3 days of school in her second year of preschool this September. She loves to swim and, if you look at in her hair in the water, you may just believe: She’s a mermaid. Our journey isn’t over. Disability isn’t something we can stop addressing. Adelaide’s achondroplasia is always a consideration in her overall medical care- and in the next 12 months, we are looking at another major surgery (which I’m not ready to share about, yet).
This road is sometimes bumpy and foggy, giving me a less than a quarter mile visual. Dangerous to travel at the speeds we do. But it is loving, and complete, and always walked with the most amazing tribe a girl could ask for.