It has been a long summer for Chedner, but he is doing great. In fact, he is vertical and highly mobile! We have watched him struggle with his pelvis and hips as he tried to sit, crawl, stand and now walk. All the way he has been determined and focused. About two weeks ago, after he seemed to be feeling better from the last surgery, he just decided to let go and give it a try. He is so proud of himself and we are certainly proud of him!
Disclaimer: For any squeamish folks, Chedner's colostomy bag is visible in this video. He had just gotten out of the bath and was running around in just a diaper. You can't see much, but just so you know.
We don't know what whether or not the doctors will have to fix his pelvis with the next surgery he has coming this winter. You may notice as he is walking that his feet are actually pointed out, in other words, they are externally rotated. That is their natural resting position and if we don't do anything to change that, they will stay that way. If the docs do decide that it is in his best interests to close his pelvis and rotate his hips, then it will mean at least a month to six weeks in traction. We've decided to get another opinion before making any final decisions and starting on the bladder revisions. For now, though, he will just enjoy chasing his brothers and the dogs all over the house. I do have to admit that I have forgotten how busy toddlers can be at times and now that this boy feels better, he is into everything! Chedner is a joy to watch and we are blessed to have him in our lives.