Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Garrett's a DOC Band Graduate

Garrett graduated from Cranial Technologies today. He got a certificate and applause from the staff and everything. And we took donuts to everyone to celebrate. Technically he got his 'diploma' early. He had his exit photos and measurements done, but he also had a final adjustment to the band. He'll wear it for 2 more weeks and then we'll take it off on October 5th (2 weeks from today), and he'll be done forever. It's gone by fast, and has been much easier than I thought it would be.

I remember after Garrett's evaluation for the band, I was so overwhelmed. We walked out with another lady who was carrying a baby in a band. She was really encouraging to me and it was nice to talk to her. Her boy was almost done with treatment and I remember wishing I was in her shoes. Today I was walking in with a women carrying a little boy, we talked for a minute and they were just beginning treatment. It's crazy how much we've learned, how well Garrett has corrected, and how fast the time has gone by.

We'll be in PT for another 6 or 7 weeks, and then we'll likely be done with that too! ...Just in time for 2.0 to get here.

Here are Garrett's before and after pictures:

The ones on the left are the befores, rights are after.Still a little tilt to the left (but the muscles have lengthened really well), and still a little jaw work on the left side that needs to be done to pull the left ear up a bit. That's why we're staying in PT.The back of his head has filled in great, and the egg shape is gone!The flat spot is gone, and his forehead and lips are symmetrical now.

I know I've said it a million times before, and I'll probably say it a million more, but I'm so proud of Garrett. He just goes with the flow and handles everything so well. He had 3D images done today again too, with the nylon completely covering his head and face. No crying, no trying to pull it off. And he sat perfectly still for all the pictures. I've met 2 mom's of helmet kids and they both told me they had to stop PT with their babies because they screamed the whole time. So thankful that Garrett hasn't shed a single tear in any of his sessions. We're really blessed. He's a good kid.

Here is Garrett and his clinician. She has a little crush on him.My little graduate.


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megantonesforever said...

He is such a cute kid. Good job Andrea! Yea, just in time for the next baby.

Heidi said...

Wow. Those last two before and after pictures REALLY show the difference! Congratulations Garrett!

Elizabeth said...

That is so awesome! You guys deserve a big pat on the back for hanging in there the whole time too! Way to go! IT's so neat to see the before and after! And He's STILL got his cuteness!