My daughter, during the four years, the only time that the braces could be taken off for any period of time was in a swimming pool. We'd go to a hotel with one whenever we could (which was never often enough), put her in a rubber tube around her waist in water deep enough so her feet didn't touch bottom. She'd be in so long that she looked like a prune before she'd want to come out. We lived in a 4th floor walk-up and her dad would carry her up and down fireman style over his shoulder. I still had her carriage which she obviously had outgrown so we knocked out the bottom of it and she'd lay on her side with one leg sticking up in the air on a nice day to at least have some sun and connection with other kids. We'd hope that she didn't have to go to the bathroom when we'd get her out. She used a bed pan that her older sister got quite proficient at handling. At times, she be on the floor pulling herself along with her upper body which became quite strong. She was home schooled with teachers coming in three times a week from lst grade through 4th grade. She didn't lose any time and returned to the 5th grade. When the doctor said she had progressed as much as she would, the braces were taken off. Her legs were like toothpicks and she couldn't stand up straight, bent over at the waist like a 100 year-old and used a walker to hold herself up. She was determined but I secretly cried thinking that she'd never stand straight up again. I don't recall how long it took but it wasn't too long before she did stand up straight and not need the walker. Once she got going, she never stopped. She became a good dancer and even an accomplished skier until arthritis set in at about 26. Her doctor made her give up the skiing because of the danger of a fall.
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