Scoliosis Update: Life with a TLSO Brace

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, It’s been a week since I took Baby Girl to Atlanta to get her TLSO brace.   via GIPHY  Full disclosure: I had to look up the abbreviation. It stands for Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthotic.   via GIPHY  It’s similar to the cast in that […]

Scoliosis Update: The Cast Came Off!

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, Last week, the baby came out of her cast! I’d like to tell you it was an exciting moment for everyone but since this was the first time that she was awake while the cast was being removed, seeing some strange guy come at her […]

Doogie Howser: The Junior Fellow

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, Yesterday, I took the baby back to the doctor to get her foot looked at. If you don’t remember from last week, I had A LOT of questions for this pediatric orthopedist. Is she allowed to walk on her foot? How do you corral a […]

Poor Girl

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, This isn’t related to baby girl’s scoliosis. But it is related to her ongoing pediatric orthopedic care. That’s why you’re reading this under the scoliosis series blog posts. Saturday night, baby girl was in the bathroom with me. She tripped on the edge of the […]

Scoliosis Update: Cast # 3

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can.   Dear Ellen, On Sunday afternoon, I drove Baby Girl back to Atlanta to get her third cast. The procedure was scheduled for early Monday morning. Before I get into her treatment, I’d like to take this opportunity to offer up an apology to all of the […]

Scoliosis Update: The follow-up visit after cast 2

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, Last Tuesday was crazy. My day started at 4 a.m. Why? Because that’s when I get up to write my novel.   via GIPHY  I only get two hours of writing time before the kids wake up and the school-morning frenzy begins. That particular day, […]

Scoliosis Update: The New Cast

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, Last week I took my 20-month-old back to Atlanta for her second cast. The good news was, I knew what to expect. The bad news was, the doctor who performs the surgery wasn’t available at the hospital we’ve been going to, so they scheduled us […]

Scoliosis Update: 1 Month Visit

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, Yesterday I took my baby girl back to Atlanta for her one-month check up. One month. I can’t believe it’s been one month since I drove to Atlanta in apocalyptic rain to get a cast for her scoliosis. After the procedure, it took her about […]

After Atlanta Adventures

This is the epilogue to the “Our New Normal,” series. You can read the rest of the series here. I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, With both the cast and the x-rays finished, I packed up the car, preparing to drive Baby Girl home. But first there was one obstacle left. […]

Post Surgery Adventures

This is the exciting conclusion to the “Our New Normal,” series. You can read the rest of the series here. I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, With the baby off getting her cast, I decided to go to the cafeteria to get something to eat. Alas, the cafeteria was closed until […]