I woke up tired this morning. Exhausted really. And that’s when it hit me: this is the first time I’ve truly been exhausted since Eli settled into his new Dobbs brace. As some of you may recall, when we tried the Mitchell brace for clubfoot, we were up every 45 minutes with him. It was brutal. And the word “brutal” doesn’t do it justice.
But within a week of getting the Dobbs brace, our lives improved unimaginably. We were able to sleep. Eli started sleeping through the night (as of this weekend he even slept 13 hours one night!) It’s made a big difference in our marriage, in our work, and frankly in our sanity!
So here are 3 things we’ve learned since Eli moved into the Dobbs brace.
2. Double up on socks. Eli’s feet sweat a lot. We need two pairs of socks to help keep that in check. But the second pair of socks really help prevent Eli from getting blisters / sores from the brace.
3. Use a colored “outer” sock. Because we use two socks we like to put a second colored sock on the outside. Why? Because it lets us see if his heel is “down” in the brace. Something that’s difficult to do through the small opaque plastic “window” they use in our braces. As they say in the Ghostbusters, “if the light is green, the foot is down.” Or something.
We’ve learned other tips in the last month, but these are 3 big ones. If you have a tip feel free to let us know in the comments section!