As previously discussed, Josie loves shoes! She gets excited when she sees them and she yells "Ooze!" It's the same level of enthusiasm that she yells with when she sees Merryn and excitedly proclaims "Baaaaaaby!" She just can't say it calmly. This new found enthusiasm for shoes is what made today a big day for Josie. She got fitted for her very own pair of SureStep SMO's (Supra Malleolar Orthosis).
Supra what?! SMO's are an orthopedic device designed to provide more stability to children who tend to experience pronation due to low muscle tone. Bea, Josie's wonderful physical therapist, recommended SureSteps to boost Josie's stability just enough to give her the confidence she needs to start walking.
A couple of weeks ago, Bea brought over a pair of SMO's for Josie to try on. Josie thought her new "ooze!" were the coolest things she'd ever seen, and she did appear more stable on her feet:
So Bea arranged for Josie to be custom fitted for her very own pair. Since this was such a special day for Josie JoJo, she got all dressed up in her snazzy new dress with matching tights from her YaYa. Here she is on the exam table ready to meet the orthotist, Dave:
Josie didn't want to put her diva feet down on the cold floor so she insisted Dave go get her some paper towels to stand on.
After Bea and Dave assessed Josie's hypotonia induced pronation issues, Dave got out his special tools and took many measurements of Josie's foot. He even marked on her ankles which gives her an extra edgy, tattooed biker chick type look. Dad hopes she enjoyed those little dots because that's as close to "tattoed biker chick" as Josie's ever going to get as far as he's concerned!
And because she is now part of an elite group of kiddos who successfully completed this grueling examination, not only will she get a badge of honor in the form of her very own pink orthoses, but she also got to select a sticker to display on the wall beneath her autograph.
Josie's new "ooze" should arrive before the holidays and we can't wait to see the results!