Myself and my Fiancé were blessed with two beautiful baby boys Travis & Jack. Our beautiful boys were diagnosed with Talipes (clubfoot) during our 22 week scan. As you can imagine telling two 25 year old’s there there is something wrong with their first children is devastating !! We didn’t know anything about this condition at the time. We both took the news very hard, Tom especially! When being told what this condition could mean tom zoned out and only heard that is could be connected to downs syndrome or other neurological conditions … We were put in a side room to get our self’s together. A physio was sent to talk to us and explain what would happen when the boys were born and to answer our questions and help us to get closure. This blog isn’t just to tell you our story but to help you with yours. I will have tips and as much money saving advice as possible. I will also show you our boys progress along the way. We are currently 5 casts in and it’s going great 🙂
and so our story had begun….
I spent a lot of nights in tears trying to understand why both of my children had to suffer with this horrible condition, continuously blaming myself. it was very hard to come to terms with. after a while i think i just snapped in to parent mode, no matter what was wrong with my boys i was going to love them and care for the as best as i could. soooo every scan after this me and my partner were asked if we wanted to have an Amniocentesis Test ( a big ass needle put into my tummy) this would be used to extract fluid from the sack to find our if the club foot was connected to and neurological issues, i was told having this would hold a 2% chance of miscarriage so i gave it a miss (my personal choice everyone is different) as i decided against this it was just a waiting game.
Our amazing Little men came into the world via c-setion (ouch!). finally they had arrived and we were over the moon !! no other underlying issues just two healthy little men with bendy feet! I’m not going to lie the sight of the bendy feet broke my heart and it took a while for me to get myself together, the thing is they don’t know any different and they don’t feel any pain because of it. the boys had so many checks while we were in the hospital just to ensure nothing else was wrong. 3 weeks down the line we went to our first appointment at Maidstone hospital for the boys assessment. they were fantastic !!!! the boys had the worst case but the consultant was very optimistic, they were both graded 6 points on both feet ( points are the way they grade the feet 0 being fantastic and 6 being the worst ) the following week they boys had the first set of casts put on and they were so well behaved !!!!! like i said above we are now 5 casts (weeks) in and its looking great !!!!