**Note** Liam was born with a club foot and has been dealing with treatments since he was 6 days old. First was a series of six casts over six weeks, then a tendon elongation followed by a final cast for 3 weeks. Then came the really fun stuff . . . Denis Brown boots and bar . . . Liam had to wear these shoes 23 hours a day for 3 months and now continues to wear them at night.
Last week, Liam had his annual appointment with his orthopedist, Dr. Jarvis, at CHEO to have his club foot checked. And we can finally say that the end of treatment is in sight.
At the end of February after: 2 months of casts, a tendon elongation procedure, 3 months of wearing his Denis Brown boots and bar for 23 hours a day and 2 years and 9 months of wearing them every night, Liam will be finished with his "sleepy shoes".
He will still need follow up appointments at CHEO to make sure his foot stays straight as he continues to grow. We will still have to watch him as he plays to ensure that he is sitting on his bottom, not on his knees. But other than that, everything looks good. Dr. Jarvis was very happy with the progress Liam has made and so are we.
When we watch our little boy run around and play it is hard to believe that there was ever a problem, a problem that caused us so much concern, a problem that we have dealt with every day of Liam's life.
In five months, the "sleepy shoes" will be a memory in the closet to show him when he is older. We will no longer have that daily reminder of how scared we were when they told us, at just minutes old that there was something wrong with his foot.
Tonight, as I took Liam upstairs and lay him in his crib, he looked at me and said, "I need my sleep shoes because it is bedtime." I look forward to the night when I can finally tell him that he doesn't need to wear them anymore.