(Rob:) We made it to Baltimore and back! The flight home was much more comfortable than the trip out yesterday; Tessa was able to sleep most of the way. Our visit with Dr. Herzenberg went very well! First of all, the X-rays looked very good and he decided that we didn't need to do any further adjustments on the length or straightness of her leg.
Here's the latest X-ray:
The final lengthening measurement was 63 mm, with maybe an extra centimeter of length from just straightening the crooked bone. We're very proud of the work Tessa has done to achieve this beautiful, longer, straighter leg! Her hard work is not over, but the indications are that things will start to get easier over the coming weeks.
The best news of all: we don't have to go back for another visit for a whole month! And it gets even better-- Dr. Herzenberg is going to be in St. Louis around that time and offered to have us get an X-ray here in K.C. that week, then just drive over and meet him in St Louis!
It will be an 8-hour round trip, but certainly better than going through airport security twice, renting a car, staying in a hotel, etc. Very cool of the doc to offer to see her this way! When I go to out-of-town conferences, seeing patients in the hotel lobby is generally the furthest thing from my mind.
Tessa's friend Carly (see the 3-1 post) was there in the waiting room with her mom. We found out that she might get to go home to Tucson, AZ in a couple of weeks (good luck!)
Grandma and Grandpa Herzberg came down from Minnesota to help out this week. Now that Susan is back to work, Tessa's nanny Ruth Ann will be carting her back and forth to school in the mornings and rehab in the afternoons.
• Daily Movie Quote:
"Annie, listen to me, OK? You listening? If you don't want the Vice President or the TV networks or anybody else to come into the house, then that's it, as far as I'm concerned. They are NOT coming in, and I will back you all the way, a hundred percent on this. And you tell them that, OK? I don't want Johnson or any of the rest of them to set as much as one TOE inside our house."
---Friday's answer: "Ferris Beuller's Day Off" (1986)
Skippy wins the no-prize!
• Daily Obscure Song Lyric:
"Where does it go,the good Lord only knows
Seems like it was just the other day
I was down at Green Gables, hawking them tables
And generally blowing all my hard-earned pay"
"Smoke From a Distant Fire" by the Sanford-Townsend Band (1977)
Congratulations to Uncle Tom (going through his own rehab following ACL repair knee surgery)
--Yesterday's answer: "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers (1971)
(No correct guesses)