Everything went pretty well at the appointment today. Her doctor came in the room and I asked Isabelle if she had something to ask him and she said, "Take my halo off please!"
He of course laughed and said that he was just looking at her CT-scan and although he would like there to be more bone than there is (meaning he would like to see the fusion harden a little more) he felt like the halo could come off. YAY!!!! So we are scheduled for Monday at 12pm to get that sucker off.
The bad part is that because there is not as much bone as he would like to see she will have to be put back in a collar. I'm sure most of you are thinking, "So what? She's been in a collar almost her whole life. Big deal." I know, I know. Except the collar that she will be put in Monday is not the same one she has been in her whole life. The one she will be in we used for about a week when she was around nine months old. It's HUGE. And it covers a lot more than the old collar. And she has been out of a collar since July. And...she is going to be ticked! See how huge this thing is:
And before you ask, yes I do realize that she is bigger now than she was then so it might not be so bad. I hope that is the case! Because although this picture does not show it, she REALLY hated that collar.
Ok, OK. Maybe it was me that hated the collar and spent a week researching cervical collars online to find a smaller one that didn't cover her whole face, chest, and back, and allowed her to rest her head on my shoulder. MAYBE it was me that called her doctor and told him she was not wearing that collar anymore and begged him to let her where this one:
See? Isn't that one so much better? But, it's just not as stable as the first one so we can't use it.
Ok, I am finished with my rant now. Even though it may not sound like it I really am happy she will be getting the halo off. Especially since I bought Christmas outfits for her to wear =-) Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers today!