A little bit tortoise, a little bit hare.

Since we started casting I have been indoctrinated with the correct analogies, explanations, etc... for Progressive Infantile Scoliosis & Mehta Casting.  My clients all work in Network Marketing and are leaders in both their industry and company.  I have heard their simple explanations of what it is they do hundreds of times and always marvel at how effortless and confident they sound when sharing their passion for their company and helping others create healthy lives.  Their 30 Second elevator speech, which they have chosen each word with care and thought, allows them to deliver their speech time and again to others with little thought and lots of heart.  These are the compelling moments where a listener or reader choose if they want to continue invest time in what you have to say or sign out.

As an advocate for both my child and my support group, I have had to develop this same role call of facts about Infantile Scoliosis.  "Infantile Scoliosis,typically affects children under the age of three.  It falls into two categories, self resolving & progressive.  The children in the Lucky Cast Club fight the progressive form of Infantile Scoliosis meaning their growth between birth and three acts as a catalyst for their curve. "  I either have their attention at this point or they are thinking about Paula's daughter Susie who was diagnosed at 13 and is fine.  The Paula's of the world already know all they care to know about scoliosis, your catalyst, progressive curve, & growth mean nothing to them.  Move on don't waste your breath.

If I have hooked them with my fancy words I will often continue with my 30 second description of our treatment choice.  They really don't care about the road blocks and missed diagnosis they want facts they can digest and connect with.  "We chose to do casting as it offers William the best long term option of life beyond scoliosis.  Casting is similar to staking a sapling.  With gentle correction and guidance his spine is allowed to grow strong & tall over time."  A simple description of what we walking the walk know to be a complex procedure.

I am sure by now you are wondering where the heck the tortoise and the hare come into play.  I have always thought of the casting process in terms of Aesop's fable.  Slow and steady wins the race.  Today I was reflecting on the moral and realized for this process to truly be successful, in many cases, you need a little bit of the tortoise and a little bit of the hare.  If our surgeons took an entirely slow and steady pace we would never achieve desired correction. On the reverse, if they rush to the finish you may be looking at a skewed picture of where their spines will hold over time.   We need our surgeons to channel a little bit of the hare and strive to achieve the maximum corrections in cast,  while giving the correction a tortoise pace in cast to memorize the new position.  Once again it is time for the tortoise as casting is a marathon not a sprint.  Progressive curves are stubborn like the hare, they think they know how to outsmart the surgeons, they are just waiting for their time out to take a sprint towards regression.  But the tortoise is steadfast and knows if it keeps trudging forward at a steady pace it will reach the finish line.

Each spine, each curve, each child has its own pathology and story.  One size fits all does not apply in the world of infantile scoliosis.  You have to choose, with your surgeons help, whether to be the tortoise or the hare.  I choose for William, to have the process be a little tortoise and a little hare.  I want slow and steady correction and I want to be smart, yet aggressive in our approach.  With this plan of attack I know I will be able to face the next race with peace of mind knowing we kept true to our course until the end of the race.

Until Next Time, Keep it CuRvY~

Catie (Scoliosis Sucks) D.

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