It’s been over six months since Cayla’s last Botox injection and she is walking more and more up on her toes again. Botox has been very successful for Cayla as she didn’t walk until her first injection of Botox last year in July. I have to admit that I wasn’t overly keen on Botox when I first heard of it but have since then found out a lot more information about it so we now feel comfortable going through with the procedure. But of course I’m hoping that we can avoid these injections (and any operations) in the future with the help of the Elektrodress and lots of stretching and strengthening exercises.
We arrived at the hospital at 7am in the morning and had to wait quite a while before Cayla was admitted. Cayla is not the youngest child having Botox anymore and since they have all been fasting from the evening before it’s more important to get the littlest ones in first. Anyway, Cayla was number four on the list and everything went really well
this time which was great. Cayla fell asleep fine and it took no more than 25 minutes before I was called to the recovery room. I was expecting Cayla to be a bit sad and disoriented but no, she was happily chatting to the nurses and was ready for an icy pole. After a little while she was allowed back to the room to had a bit of toast and yoghurt to eat. Then the nurse checked her heart rate and removed the needle from her arm, we got her dressed and went home. Very quick and easy. This time she was also given a small amount of Botox in her right calf as she has a so-called ‘catch’ in that leg/foot too. This was recommended by a highly regarded doctor called Dr Michael Chan a couple of months ago. He runs the Lower Limb and Foot Clinic and has worked at TCCP for a long time. It will be interesting to see what effect that will have.
Below are some photos from our morning at SJOG hospital and little Cayla is happy and running back to our car after the procedure :)
The effects of Botox are peaking about 4-6 weeks after the injection and that is when the very important Post Botox Programme will kick in. This programme involves a lot of stretching and strengthening exercises, hence the importance of bike riding and squatting etc. We have recently taught Cayla to walk with a ‘heal-toe’ pattern with her right foot and hopefully we can teach her to do the same with her left foot as well. We will probably also have some serial casting done in a few weeks. It is important to get at least a 5% range for her to even be able to walk in a ‘normal’ way and serial casting is a very effective and cheap way of getting that prolonged stretch. So even though I’m not a big fan off casting it has to be done plus that it really doesn’t bother Cayla at all, only me…
In the afternoon we went to see Nathan’s class Edu Dance Performance at school, they were super cute!