Sunday, March 14, 2010

Well, It has been over a month since Wyatt got his helmet. He loves to go to the store and show it off.

Keynan and Sara have been telling us that they can tell the difference in his head. I was sure that this was just parents hoping for the best and seeing things that maybe were not really there.

However; as you can see from the pictures after just 30 days of wearing the helmet, it really is working fast.

This picture was taken on the day of the fitting. You can clearly see the flat spot on the back right side of his head and his ears are offset.
According to the doctor, his head was out of square by 14 millimeters. They determined this by making a X on the top of his head and then taking measurements.

Just a short 30 days later and "Holy Cow", look at the difference.

The doctor told them at the last checkup that Wyatt's head is now just 6 millimeters out of square. It has moved over half the way.

Look at the right rear area that was so flat. It is now nicely rounded. Look at the ears. They are much more symmetrical now.

We should not have been surprised. Wyatt has been working very hard this past 30 days. He has been doing his physical therapy exercises and is always happy about it. He has been wearing the helmet religiously and only takes it off for a bath. 1 hour per day.

On a lighter note, have you ever been walking through the house bare footed? Have you ever caught your little toe on some object and heard it crack as the little bone inside snaps! Have you felt the pain shoot up your leg as you wonder if you will loose your breakfast?

Well, this is a post about Wyatt and the successes that he has realized. Not about my pain, so we won't talk about it. (The toe and part of the foot did turn a really nice color, don't you think)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Day 7

Well, the long awaited day arrived. Wyatt's appointment to get fitted for his helmet. He is excited and wants to get on with it.
The reason that the helmet is needed? Let me see if I can explain.
(When I get done, call Keynan and Sara for the real explanation.)

In the womb, Wyatt was safe and comfortable. He loved to cuddle up, listening and feeling his Mom walk, talk, sleep etc. While he was so comfortable, he would rest his head down and to the right. The muscles on the left side of his neck were stretched out but the muscles on the right side did not get stretched. They were perfectly formed, but not stretched out.

After birth, Wyatt could not turn his head to the left due to the muscles on the right side of his neck being to short. He also could not lift his head up. As a result of this, Wyatt continued to lay on his back with his head down and to the right. This caused the flat spot that you can see on the back right side of his head.

As the flat spot grew, it shifted the soft bones in his head. As you can see, his ears are offset. This is not noticeable from the front as you can see from the first picture. The front right side and the rear left side are more pronounced.

The doctor explains how the helmet that Keynan is holding will work. The helmet will fit snugly on the front right side and the rear left side. It will have space between the helmet and his head on the opposite sides. As his head grows, it will grow into the spaces and not grow where it is already snug. This will reverse the process that has already happened to cause the head to be misshappen.

The doctor spent allot of time fitting the helmet on Wyatt. He would make marks and take measurements and then leave for 10 or 15 minutes. He would cut and shape the helmet to fit him exactly.

After several times in and out of the room, the doctor does the final fitting.

And Wallah, Wyatt loves it. He appears to be overcome with joy and happiness.

Actually He got use to the helmet pretty quickly.

Being above average intelligence, looks, personality and ancestry, he will do just fine. (Papa's Bias)

Please stay tuned. We will continue to show Wyatt's progress. The doctor told Keynan and Sara that he will wear the helmet for 3 to 4 months. He did caution them that this was just an estimate. Some take longer.

Once again, many thanks go out to everyone who donated money to help Keynan and Sara.

P.S. The ladies at the animal shelter are phenomenal. They and those that they know contributed more than we ever could have hoped for.

Now quit reading and get back to work. That means you Lindsay!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

2nd Day

Well, we have been working hard in collecting funds for Wyatt.

We received a very generous donation from an anonymous source. To those people who don't want to be known and don't want to receive thanks, "THANK YOU" I cloud up a little thinking about the fact that someone beyond our immediate family would be so generous.

Jason and Britt made several donation buckets with Wyatt's picture on it. Jason placed one in Brookside. Kolton took one to Salem Chevron. We have several others if anyone has ideas as to where to place them.

Everyone who helps will have a hand in establishing a normal life and a good self esteem for Baby Wyatt.

Friday, February 5, 2010

First Day

What a great response to our request for help so far.

Thank you all sooooo much. We only hope that we can return your incredible kindness some day.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hi Family,

As you all know, Wyatt Keynan Morgan was born on October 1, 2009.

Baby Wyatt is now 4 months old. He has already wound his little soul around our hearts.

In the first 4 months, Wyatt was content laying on his back and being fascinated by his new world. (Reminds me of Keynan when he was that age)

Unfortunately all the laying on his back caused a flat spot on Wyatt's head. If not corrected, his head will be a little misshapen for life. The Doctors think that this was caused at birth and by laying on his back, but he may have just inherited it from his dad.

We know that he did not inherit it from his mother.

She is pretty cute.

However; she does wear a helmet sometimes, so she will be able to relate to Wyatt.

Wyatt has an appointment this next Tuesday for his helmet fitting. The helmet will help form his cute little head into the perfect shape in just a few months. This will be an event of short duration but the effects will last a life time.

This helmet for Wyatt, (Not Sara) will be a little expensive. (Approximately $4,000.00. We don't know how much their insurance will pay at this point) We need $800.00 by Tuesday for their appointment, or they will not allow them to get the helmet. A Cash on Delivery kind of a thing.

I am doing something that I rarely do and that is asking for help. I know that things are tuff right now for all of us, but time is of the essence for Wyatt.

Any donation would help, even if it is just $10.00. Susan and I will cover the remainder.

Please call me on my cell if you can help.

I know that Keynan, Sara, and Wyatt would appreciate anything that you could do.

If you know of someone that I missed on the addresses, please forward this message to them.



Mike and Susan