Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Helmet Update

His new "Large" helmet on the left
Number 1027! I have not removed the stickers yet! How can you not love that face.
What I get to wake up to every morning
Putting tape over the glasses to protect his eyes from the laser
shooting his head with the laser gun.. It puts a perfect 3D image of his skull on the computer. Every little bump and curve
Putting on the glasses to protect his eyes
This is the Eeyore that plays "Do your ears hang low" in a really depressing voice that they distract him with
Taking pictures with the do-rag on

We went to Wake Forest for Wesley's helmet appointment. The Dr. that he sees is in Baptist hospital and is a plastic surgeon (weird) They schedule all the babies that have to wear helmets and have cleft pallets and such on Tuesdays they said so when people are there getting boob jobs and tummy tucks they won't fell bad seeing all these babies. He has worn his helmet for 4 months now. When he first got it I was so upset and it was a hard thing for me to swallow him having to wear this helmet all the time, but I am so glad that we have done it. What a change it has made in the shape of his head! Now when he is not wearing his helmet he looks naked. Above are pictures of his appointment they start at the bottom and go to the top. It is the coolest thing that they do. They take pictures of his head with a laser and it puts this perfect image of his skull on the computer 3D and they can put the new and old images next to each other so you can see how much the shape of his head has changed. These helmets work miracles. I still don;t really understand it but it takes pressure off of his head so it can form round. It has helped realign his ears and his cheeks and push back his forehead. He still is wearing his helmet (and had to get a larger one) but only when he sleeps. He has to do this for 2 months and then I think he is done!! It has surprisingly never really bothered him. There have been a couple times when I have gone in his room in the middle of the night and he has his helmet around his arm. He is a joy!!!!!!!!!

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