So tomorrow, April 3rd at 12:00pm she will have a 3-4 hour surgery to correct issues with both of her feet. We had hoped for an earlier appointment which would have made going home the same day more feasible, but it looks like Anna and I (or K.C.) will be spending the night at the hospital.
A lot of people have asked me if this surgery will help her walk without crutches or without braces. Pretty much the answer is no. She will always have to have braces on her feet to support her and there are too many factors involved to know if this will help her to walk without assistance. The main purpose of the surgery is to get her feet more easily braceable in order for her to continue to be as mobile as she is. It might even help her walk without crutches, but the truth is that her left leg is just not very strong and has so many issues that walking unassisted just may not be in her future. Of course, Anna likes to break the rules, so you just never know. She does amazing things with what she's been given and we know this surgery will help her to have the best mobility we can give her.
Please pray that Anna does well during and after surgery and is in minimal pain. The one benefit having Spina Bifida is that her sensation is greatly decreased in her feet, especially the left one. She will be in much less pain than the rest of us would be in. Also please pray that she would adapt well to using her wheelchair and crawling for 4 weeks. She has proven that she can adapt to any situation but she is so mobile right now that I know it will not be fun for her to have two bulky casts on her legs.