My son, Merritt, was born with a left clubbed foot and congenital shortening of his left leg. Our journey in understanding his conditions and in seeking the best possible treatments has definitely had its ups and downs. This blog is my way of sharing our experiences. It is my hope that similarly situated parents may use information on this page as a resource and as inspiration. Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Used Orthotics

Merritt has outgrown his first pair of Mitchell Boots and his first Dobbs Bar. A little part of me wants to put both in a box and save them for forever, but a bigger part of me knows better! I found this website for donating used orthotics to needy children.

Here's a bit from the website:

In Uganda and Papua New Guinea they are utilizing used AFO's. "
We accept its not ideal to recycle AFO's but there is no local skill for making custom splints. So it's a matter of having enough pre-loved AFO's to find one to fit the required foot. The kids are actually lucky if they get a pair of shoes to help maintain position."

I think this is a great purpose! I've found a few other charities on the web that are geared toward treatment of children born with clubfoot, but this was the only charity I found that actually accepts used orthotics. Does anyone know of another?

Anyway, I'm sending Merritt's in... I hope you choose to do the same!

Playground fun!

A few days ago I thought it would be nice to get out to the park. "What's the big deal?" you ask. Well, here is South Florida it is already sweltering out. So, to be outside and be doing anything other than swimming is just ridiculous. What can I say? We are ridiculous! :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Hey everyone! As of May 1st Merritt is fully walking! woohoo! He is having so much fun being chased by his big brother. Actually, his first real distance was from our TV to the coffee table. Here's the story: Big brother was intensely watching Chuggington and Merritt decided to shut off the TV... of course. So, Big Brother got off the couch and started walking towards Merritt; You know, to show Merritt who's boss. Well, Merritt got the biggest smile on his face, squealed, and then walked as fast as he could to the coffee table in order to escape! It was SO CUTE!

Ever since that moment, he has been non-stop! Check out this video of our little man walking on the beach.