Today starts our journey with a child that has scoliosis. I'm scared as shit. I'm confident her treatment will work, but I'm nervous about the peaks and valleys we are bound to face as a family. I'm more nervous about how Whip will react to the experience today. I'm even more nervous about how the days and months after today will unfold.
Will she be comfortable in the brace, ever? Will this make her a resilient kid? How can I support her? What will she need in terms of special care? How will our follow up visits go? How will she be when she goes to school? How will she handle the tough days? How will we handle the tough days as parents? How quickly will she get acclimated to the brace? Will she be self conscious about it? Will she be outspoken about it? Will she eventually not give a shit and feel awkward without the brace on? Will this no longer be a a thing and just be a part of her life? Will this post, as I'll look back on it five or more years from now, be laughable?
Will she be ok?
Then I remember that she's my daughter and that whenever those peaks and valleys take her, our family will be with her every step of the way.
She'll be ok. I know she will.