Friday, November 13, 2009

Alli's New Accessory

Today! Day 3 and doing much better. My cute Visiting Teaching partner made her some bows that we could attach with velcro. She even made her a John Deere bow.

The first day wearing her helmet. I was trying to get a picture of her crying but when I pulled out the camera, she stopped crying and started smiling. Little Turkey!

After it was off

The cast

They made a plaster cast of head head. She hated it!

Her head will be measured every 4 weeks

Before being fitted for her helmet
Alli was recently diagnosed with plagiocephaly
which is basically an asymmetrical head. She has a flat spot on the right side of her head which has caused her eye sockets and ears to no longer be alligned. After intense occupational therapy along with intense positioning and tummy time, the OT and Dr. feel that her head is not reshaping itself fast enough (this only works while the skull and sutures are still soft) so they reccommended putting her in a special helmet that will reshape her head as it grows to prevent future problems (TMJ, headaches, balance) and prevent surgery later. This process takes about 4 months wearing the helmet 23 hours a day, sometimes more, sometimes less (hopefully less).