At first, she hated it. HATED. It was tight. It rubbed. It made it hard to walk. But she persisted to the point where she was wearing it 15 hours a day (including sleeping in it at night). The addition of a foam memory topper mattress pad made this bearable.
We went back after four weeks in brace for an x ray and the orthopedist said her bottom curve was now straight and the top had a 20-30% improvement, which he declared good. The top curve is the hardest to fix. The resulting pushing (the brace has large foam pads inside it) causes Catherine to lean to one side a bit. The doctor told her to try to compensate by leaning the other way. This is not as easy as it sounds.
The doctor also insisted she wear it to school. And so this past Monday was DAY 1 (and it turns out NOT the "worst day in the world"). We got a note excusing Catherine from PE, and we bought her lots of new tops to fit over the brace. So far, so good. Her teachers said they don't notice it. Catherine hasn't complained about anything except it is hot (she is sweating under it despite the obligatory cotton stretch camisole). I'm not sure what can be done about that except let her take it off for a few minutes to change after school. She's encased in a hard plastic shell after all.
Oh, and we named it. We call it "Shelly" and she wants to give you a BIG, ANACONDA hug.
If we can't laugh we'd cry here in suburbia.
|We came home with this bad boy|
|and promptly went out to buy new clothes|
|There are three large straps that you need help adjusting.|
|From the front. The round cut out on the belly is supposed|
to keep you cool. It doesn't really.