On Tuesday we took both kids up to Alder Hay children’s hospital for the geekdaughter’s physiotherapy appointment. This was her first session following on from our consultants appointment where we were very pleased to learn that she isn’t showing any sign of Rheumatoid arthritis. We were told at the time that the pains she is getting in her knees and feet are most likely to by hypermobility pains, and she’s actually very flexible in some of her joints. Physiotherapy is supposed to help in these cases. This wasn’t our first experience of physiotherapy, as the geekdaughter was born with “positional talipes” – her feet curved inwards when she was born and she had physiotherapy to straighten them out.
I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know if this would be a “one-off” thing where we turned up, were given some exercises to do and headed off again, or if this would be the first of many such appointments. I also didn’t really want to take the geekson with us, as I wanted to concentrate on what the physiotherapist was saying, and I can’t really do that if I’m trying to chase the geekson around as well. However we didn’t have any other childcare options, so the four of us headed off to Alder Hay together.
I have to say all my experiences with Alder Hay have been overwhelmingly positive, and this appointment was just the same. We must have spent 45 minutes with the physiotherapist, who checked the geekdaughter all over again, and confirmed again that we have nothing to worry about, but there are some things we can do to help her strengthen her joints. We’ve been given special inner soles for her feet to give her a little extra support there, and a series of exercises to do with her (which she loves doing, as they mainly involve hopping around or pretending to be a ballet dancer). The geekdaughter was a star through the whole thing – good tempered and co-operative – and even the geekson wasn’t too much of a pain whilst we were there.
They’ve asked us to go back again in two weeks – that seems very soon to me, and I wonder if we’ll notice any difference that quickly. I won’t get to go to the next appointment as I don’t have enough annual leave to cover it – this is where I am very lucky that the geekdaddy is self employed and can afford to take time away from his work to handle things like this.
So it seemed to be a productive day – I’ll let you know!