The first couple of posts were originally on www.pffd.org. It is a website for those who either have this condition or those who know of people who have this condition.
Julian is now 13 months and is growing faster than a weed and finally walking around some. He will be walking on his own soon. He is our only child for the moment and we are thrilled that he is here with us.
We had gone to my OB for a regular ultrasound here in Town Lake in October 2005. My entire pregnancy was going well, as well as can be anyways when you are throwing up all the time in the beginning. We had the ultrasound and the Dr. of the day came in and told us that everything looked good except for his legs. They looked a bit shorter than what they should be. They were going to send us to a perinatologist by the hospital that I had Julian in Marietta. We weren’t to worried at that point, But after we had plenty of doctor’s give me an ultrasound they couldn’t tell us to much until Julian was born. That way they could see what the problem was instead of trying to read an ultrasound and guess, but they had a pretty good idea it as PFFD. They didn’t know however that he would have Fibula Hemmomila.
We were also sent to see Raymond Morrissey. He was a leading doctor in the field of PFFD, from what I understood. He has now retired and our orthepedic surgeon is Dr. Michael Schmitz. Across the hall is the Orthotics and Prosthetics office where Collen Coulter O’Berry works. She is Julian’s physical therapist and we love her as much as the rest of our doctor’s.
By the time Julian was born in March of 2006 we thought that we were ready for anything. Except for my c-section because Julian refused to turn. He was breech. What luck… My nurses didn’t know that we knew about his legs so when they told us that his legs were a little short we confirmed that we knew that. Then they said “oh, good. So you know then that he has three toes on his right foot?” I was surprised at that. Then they showed us. His little foot was so narrow and long, but hand only three toes. It was so cute. The prints of his feet they gave us at the hospital is fabulous.
And now he is growing and exploring. He is a strong toddler and is pretty much ready for anything. And an attitude to go with it if he doesn’t get his own way.