In October I will go for some training on how to apply plaster casting to these tiny crooked feet as the first stage of their treatment. Today I got a preview of what I'll be learning.
For the next month, we have a visiting orthopedic surgeon here with us. Earlier today he gave me a call and asked if I wanted to get a head start on Club Foot protocol.
When I got to the OR, I was handed Baby. He looked so precious and sweet, sleeping in my arms.
Then he hiccuped.
Which of course, woke him up.
I'm not sure if it was seeing my ghostly face or the chilly air of the operating room . . . but regardless he started to cry. Which turned into screaming . . . what can I say, I'm great with children!!
I laid him on the OR table, and his wails turned to sobs . . . which eventually became whimpers. I tucked his mom's zuni over his chest and around his arms, leaving his legs and crooked little feet exposed so that we could cast him.
I learned three things today:
- How to plaster Club Feet.
- When wrapping a baby boy in a chilly room, be sure to cover all his baby boy parts.
- When coming back to the OR just to do some plastering, always swap out the sandals for rainboots!