This is my second post today, so make sure you scroll down to see our pics from our New Orleans Road Trip
Wednesday morning Andrew & I are driving over to Scott & White Hospital in Temple for him to be evaluated by a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctor to determine if Botox injections would be a good treatment for his cerebral palsy. If the answer is yes he will have the procedure done right there in the office so that we won't have to make an additional return trip. I never thought my son would be getting Botox injections!
Andrew's cp effects the left side of his body, particularly his left leg/foot. Lately his mobility has worsened because as he grows, the muscles in the effected leg cannot keep up with his growth and become more and more tight over time. The Botox treatments interrupt the neurologic pathways that are causing the muscles to over contract. The goal is for the muscles to relax and for the heel cord/tendon/muscles to be stretched, improving his mobility.
The results are not guaranteed and if the treatments don’t work, he will likely need muscle lengthening surgeries down the road. Treatments are repeated every 3-6 months.
Though Botox treatments are not without risk (injecting a toxin into my baby, YIKES!), Andrew’s doctors and therapists have determined that the benefits far outweigh the risks but please pray that Andrew would be kept safe and that the procedure will be very effective for him. It’s also a painful procedure, the doctors told me to come prepared to help hold him down, not exactly what I wanted to hear! So please pray that Andrew won’t experience much pain or discomfort.
Please pray the treatment will be effective, improve Andrew’s muscle tone, and that he will not have any adverse reactions or side effects.
Adam stayed the night with Granny so it will just be me and Big Drew tomorrow.