We've reached... The end.
The end of straightening Mira's legs. I can hardly believe it.
There were many ways to start this post... We have such an array of emotions right now. We are grateful, this has been an amazing journey since October 2012. At times I can hardly believe she is the same child. Yet at the same time I feel a sense of loss for her, she lost an identity (good or bad) that she carried since birth. My understanding is that if you're born with a disability in China- that becomes "who you are", Sometimes literally by name... can you imagine?? We feel blessed to have the team of doctors & nurses that have cared for Mira, not just as a patient but they are caring for her as their own. They serve with the same hearts as missionaries. We are blessed because we know these days the medical field is FULL of staff that treats you as a number... Often with $$ signs attached. You find a very smart/knowledgable doctor who has TERRIBLE bedside manner OR you find a very nice/personable doctor who has questionable skills. When you know you have a good thing... You stay. Even if it means you travel 1800 miles for an X-ray. I know I've boasted him up before & as Christians we aren't to place our trust in people... However I know Dr Standard is here being the hands & feet of Jesus. Yes he gets paid but he skillfully treats with his big heart.
This morning he removed the fixator from Mira's left leg. It went well, the bone looks good, the infection appears to be under control. The only small glitch he found is that now her legs are straight it appears her left femur is turned in a bit making her a bit knock kneed. So he asked permission to place a small plate on her left femur that would stunt the growth on one side of her femur so as it grows it will straighten. This plate will be in place 8-12 months & then removed along with the rod in her left femur.
She seems to be doing great!