Super Sheldon Post-Surgery Update!

We’ve been so overwhelmed by the loving support that you all have shown us.  I wanted to update you on Super Sheldon (at risk of feeling like I’m bombarding you!)

In 2015 our middle son, Super Milo, spent 8 days in the hospital fighting RSV. Other than that, and many quick ER visits!) I’ve never been on the parent side of a pediatric surgery. I’ve visited TinySuperheroes after many surgeries…even heart transplants…but I didn’t know what the other side was like. In many ways, I still feel like I don’t know what it is like. Even in surgery, we have been very blessed.

First let me tell you the best thing that Vertical Talus has given my family – a deeper sense of community. I always knew community was important to me. The TinySuperheroes community is as dear to me as my own family, and now we have been warmly welcomed into a new community. Two months ago I’d never heard of Vertical Talus. Suddenly I feel connected to families from all over the world who generously share their experiences to help newbies like me. It feels so good – I truly hope TinySuperheroes can grow to make people feel the way that other ‘happy feet’ families have made me feel.

Sheldon is becoming a pro at cast removal!

Prepped and ready for surgery.

Super Sheldon with Dr. Dobbs

Super Sheldon’s surgery went great! Dr. Dobbs says his feet are in great shape! We won’t see them for awhile. He’s in casts now – they are quite bigger than his last to account for swelling – and the only thing I can see are his cute, swollen toes. I’m kind of glad I can’t see under the casts yet – if his feet are as swollen as his toes, I might freak out! He’ll have casts on for the next 6 weeks until they go back in and remove the pins that they just placed.  (6 more weeks of casts…Super Sheldon’s got this!)


Back in my arms after surgery!

The recovery was a little tough on me – it’s quite hard to see your sweet baby in pain and not really be able to hold him (in any normal way at least) because his feet needed to be elevated. The staff at the hospital was amazing and they were able to control his pain, which I am so grateful for.

Super Sheldon and I had the honor of empowering a few TinySuperheroes during our quick 30 hour stay. Most notably was our new friend and sweet roommate, Super Mia! It was such a blessing to share a room with her family, and Sheldon & Mia were able to get in good sync with crying. Super Mia is 2.5 years old and uses Down Syndrome as her super power. She had just gotten her tonsils and adenoids removed and was being cared for by her loving mom and dad. Sheldon happened to bring a few capes with him so we loved being able to give a TinySuperheroes Cape to her!

Our new friend Super Mia!

So Sheldon was able to come home on Friday afternoon and while he’s definitely still needing Tylenol regularly, he’s starting to perk back up to his old 9-week self! His sidekick brothers are doing a great job of loving him and not touching his feet!

Thanks again for the love! It has been so wonderful meeting other Vertical Talus and Club Feet families and I hope this post can be an ounce of support for someone else out there!


6 replies
  1. Beth Veile
    Beth Veile says:

    Thanks for sharing Sheldon’s story, Robyn. Glad to hear the surgery went well and Sheldon is on the mend. Sending our love and well wishes from Seattle! X, Beth & Steve

  2. Grandma Kim
    Grandma Kim says:

    Little children everywhere
    So many people really care
    That you are safe and healthy too
    Super love is sent to you!

  3. Gretchen Saaduddin
    Gretchen Saaduddin says:

    Just read the wonderful article in Woman’s World and found your site. My Grandniece Aunaka is the granddaughter of an Agent Orange exposed Vietnam Vet, so his son had genetic orthopedic problems and now Aunaka (granddaughter) too, with her bilateral clubbed feet. Just wanted to let you know she has been through the casting program over and over, but is now running and quite a dancer. However, these kids tend to get spiral femur fractures which she just got from a trampoline mishap….back in a cast, and not liking it one bit! Just wanted to let you know to be ready for a little guy who will be making up for lost time when the casts are finally gone. Thank you for doing what you do, giving joy and hope to kids everywhere. We all can learn from superheroes!

  4. Lisa Gibbs Lee
    Lisa Gibbs Lee says:

    My son who is now 18 had vertical Talus in his left foot they didn’t know exactly what it was until he was 9 months old and he had his first surgery at 10 months and then another 3 at different intervals until he was 4 on ligaments and tendons and regular appointments at Great Ormond Street Hospital until he was 16. He still gets immense pain In His foot and ankle and has been told the next surgery for him would be to have his ankle fused but as he is 18 and still growing rapidly has decided he doesn’t want this operation at the moment. I hope that everything goes well with your little superhero for the future.


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