So... rewinding to the day Micah was born... We didn't know ahead of time about his hand. I had countless ultrasounds. Micah always appeared to have his hands in the boxing position. Now we know it wasn't due to his left hand being clenched. Anyway, Micah was born via c-section (thankfully... long story for another time perhaps). I only briefly saw him bundled in a blanket before he was taken to the NICU. Because I had an emergency c-section, I had a spinal (compared to a standard epidural) and it takes a bit longer to be able to move afterwards so I wasn't allowed to go see Micah in the NICU. The NICU transport nurse had him packed for transport to Milwaukee and they stopped by my room on the way out (they wouldn't let me take him out because he was bundled for transport. I still hadn't held him, and wouldn't have the opportunity to do so for a few days until I was released from the hospital and able to go to Milwaukee). This was the first time I saw his hand and I started to cry. I was so sad that there was yet another medical issue for this little baby to overcome. It just didn't seem fair.
Micah has been seeing a plastic surgeon who specializes in congenital hand deformities. His last x-ray (I think that was in June?) showed that there is not enough soft tissue above the bone in his pointer finger to do a bone graft (from his toe... crazy, huh?), but it could be done on his middle and ring fingers. But the best way to lengthen his fingers is going to be a surgical procedure when he is about 4 years old. They would insert pins that would have screws on the outside that you would turn every day. Yuck. We have plenty of time to make that decision so it's on the back back back burner. If we did proceed with something like this, it would definitely be for functional reasons, not for appearance. It would not give him joints in his fingers or make them "normal" length. But it might help him to do more things. Honestly, this weighs on me a bit because we do hope that Micah is able to work and live independently someday, and manual labor might end up being his ticket to that life.
Meanwhile, Micah uses his hand very well. His therapists often note that he does not favor his right hand over his left very often. And that makes sense because he doesn't know any different. It's not like he knew what it was like to have long fingers on his left hand and then lost the digits. It's amazing how his body compensates.
I've grown to love that sweet little left hand of Micah's. I think it's adorable. Thanks for asking, Paige.
Anyone else have a question about Down syndrome or Micah?