I've been trying to get Steven up to school this week, just so the kids could see him and he could feel their support despite his new look. We finally agreed on this afternoon--right before school let out. As the time drew nearer, he was getting pretty anxious. He reluctantly got in the car and off we went. We drove up to the school just as his class was coming in from recess. His friend saw him in the van and showed the other kids and they were so excited, they were practically cheering. He just lit up and wanted out of the van as fast as he could. I think it was still awkward when we first walked in, but he did it and I think it was a huge boost for him. Some of the kids signed his cast, he's got quite the collection of autographs now.
I've spent the week trying to make progress in many areas of life, but mostly I've been researching prosthetics and prosthetists. I've spoken with amputees and rotationplasty families. I'm getting closer--I've got a consult with a highly recommended prosthetist on Monday. I've spoken with a prosthetist who has fit many rotationplasty patients (and is one himself). Sadly, he lives in Georgia, but he is willing to work with whomever we choose. One thing I have decided is that having a good leg is going to be essential in getting Steven active again. Now to figure out who will make the best leg.
Steven starts chemo again on Tuesday. It's so soon! But we can't give the cancer a break. As oppressive as it seems, it is our ticket to life so we will show up.