Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Billy "The Beast" McCuen

You may have wondered why Will has been wearing a handsome blue helmet in the last few posts. Well I'm here to tell you. I've put this post off for a while because blogging about it means it's real. Although we've been dealing with it since Will was about 2 months old.

It's really not as bad as it seems, although when I found out he needed a helmet I went through a state of shock, I blamed myself, I cried for a week, and I denied he needed it. But he did and as you can see he got it.

You see Will has something call Torticollis and that caused him to have something called Plagiocephaly. I know both of those words sound scary, I thought so when I first heard them but really, Will won't even know (unless we tell him) he had a problem when he gets older and neither will anyone else.

So now for an explanation; Torticollis is a twisted neck in which the head is tipped to one side, while the chin is turned to the other. As far as the doctor can tell, Will developed Torticollis in the womb because he was positioned head down almost my entire pregnancy and his head was cocked to one side. Plagiocephaly is a result of Torticollis where one side of Will's head is flatter than the other.

Will has been going to physical therapy since he was 2 months old and his Torticollis is relatively under control. And although we've been trying to reposition his head since 2 months, Will still needed to wear a helmet to help mold his head to be symmetrical.

Will is taking it in strides. I'm so lucky that he's so mellow and doesn't really get bugged my things. And, fortunately, because we did do so much to correct the problem before it was helmet time, Will only has to wear it for another month, at the most, so that's good news.

You may ask why I named this post "Billy 'The Beast' McCuen'? Well, when my little brother, Jordan, first saw Will with his helmet on, he decided Will was destined to be a BYU football player and that his nickname will be " Billy 'the Beast' McCuen". I'm not sure my little baby will play football but I guess I can't blame Jordan for thinking that, he does look like a little linebacker, right?

P.S. I'm not blaming myself anymore, I know it's not my fault. Sometimes I get sad though, this poor kid has been through SO much in his short life!
P.S.S. Check out that sitting! Will is a bonafide sitter, he's doing it all by himself!


Leslie said...

He's the cutest baby linebacker I've EVER seen. And I think his little helmet brings out the blue in his eyes. :) Love you guys!

Jessie said...

The little blue helmet is very becoming. Totally a football player in the making. I am sooo glad that his condition is not a permanent thing though. Count your blessings, right? Sianny, I can't believe all of your health "trials"!