Kena, thanks a lot for the pictures and thank you everyone for your responses. This helps to give me a better idea of what the PT and neuro are hoping to do with Quinn's unsteady gait.
We went to our ortho appointment last week. I blogged about it. It was a P.I.A.! the ortho totally dismissed my concerns. Here's a copy of what I wrote in my blog:
All I can say is, I'm getting a second opinion. I felt that it was a waist of time and totally blew off my entire day and I was so sad today. First, one of the young guys (dr.'s helper) came in and took a look at her. Quinn was throwing a fit, and wouldn't cooperate with anything. I told him to try and examine her in a few minutes, when she calmed down. But he said, nope, that's all he needed to do. Well, he didn't even DO anything! Ok, so then the doc comes in, sees her walk a very little bit, but Quinn wouldn't walk for him really, He said that her legs are flexible. He could bend them really well and asked if she sits with her feet out... you know, I can't explain it. Basically, she sits, but instead of putting her feet under her butt, she puts them outward, you know? Like a "W". Hard to explain, I'll take a picture one of these days. Anyways, just told me to encourage her to sit indian style, he didn't even examine her thouroughly at all. It was horrible!!!! I don't feel confident in him at all and will be seeking a second opinion. He asked me if I was a first time mother and I said yes. Then he nodded, then he said that kids who are learning how to walk are very wobbly and that she just needs time. But that she doesn't have a problem with her legs at all. He asked me if I had any other concerns other than her legs and walking and when I asked about the blue spells, he said that sometimes they can't find out why kids do that and unless it happens at the cardio's office, they will never find out and that it doesn't happen enough to be of concern. He said that I should still have cardio check her out, but he is doubtful they will find anything.
Ok... he just made me feel stupid. DUH!!! I'm not going to take my kiddo to the doctor for nothing. Two physicians referred her to him and a P.T. I'm sure it wasn't because she "just needs time". He also told me that she has obvious other medical issues and that she will get better when we can address the other issues and that he will see her back in a year. It would be different if he thoroughly examined her, took all other opinions into consideration and watched her walk and THEN told me that braces for her legs wouldn't benefit her, but he totally dismissed any concerns I had at all. When we walked out of there, Quinn was a wobbly mess, she was falling all over the place, and she was tripping over her legs and everything and my sister says to me, did he not see this??? I said, nope, he didn't even think it was necessary. So, we are getting a second opinion!