Today is the day we have waiting weeks for: Daphne's 'big shoes' are finally done.
To play a little catch up on dear Daph's feet, the doctor we've been seeing at Shriners is not sure what we should do or what even can be done right now to correct her feet. Her club foot is not typical; she is missing her fibula bone in her lower leg (like Oscar Pistorius), which leads to some ankle issues. Add to that some fusing of bones in her foot, and her possible missing heel bone, her feet are a mess. So for now we're taking a wild route with these new prosthesis that use her foot in it's natural position of toes pointed down as her shin, and gives her a fake foot to walk on.
We got the trial ones made and Daphne did great practicing in them. They were tall and clunky and hard to walk in, but she worked hard at wearing them around the house. She loved using the walker and getting treats whenever she did a lap around the living room and through the hallway. Bribes are good sometimes. We also bought her first 'real' pair of shoes. Sparkly blue ones in size 5 that fit her fake foot.
Her finished ones are much lighter and easier to maneuver in, but it was still pretty surprising to have her come home, try them on, and announce that we could put her walker away. "I will walk all by me-self" she says.
And so she does.