Thursday, January 17, 2013
My son Jared was born with flat feet and his toes pointed outwards. Since he was 11 he has been wearing orthodics but as he got older and bigger, the orthodics weren't working anymore and his ankles would give out and cause pain. In the summer of 2012, his doctor told him that the only other option was Flat Foot Reconstructive Surgery on both feet.
This is a very intense surgery. They have to break his foot, straighten it out, make 5 incisions, insert a permanent bone graph on the top, 3 pins (2 permanent, 1 comes out), stretch his achilles tendon and then wrap and cast him. The cast is changed every two weeks for 8 weeks and then he is moved to a boot for a month and then physical therapy.
August 15th was his first surgery on his right foot, a week before the surgery his doctor asked him while I was in the room..."Jared, your 13 now I know I can talk to you and ask you this....you know how intense this surgery is, I need you to convince me you are mentally ready for this..can you?"
My son Jared took a moment to think and this was his reply..."Doc, I have wanted to be a firefighter since I was little. I eat, sleep, dream firetrucks and firefighting. I know I can say no to the surgery and still become a firefighter but I also know the pain I am in when I walk or run to much and my ankles give out. Should I be trying to rescue a victim and my ankles give out and I fall with victim in my arms, WE BOTH DIE. At that point, I will be judged in Heaven and before God says anything to me, I will say...My God, I know I should of had that surgery but didn't and I now I died and so did my victim...I don't deserve to go to Heaven....SO FIX ME NOW!!!
At that point, the doc said. "Jared, your wise for being 13 and I will see you in surgery next week."
The surgery was successful. His right foot is now straight and has an arch. Tomorrow he goes in for his left foot to be done. This time will be a little easier since we know the drill.
In 2016 when Jared is a junior in high school, he will be able to join the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Department in March. He will be attending highschool during the day and Fire Academy at night. In March of 2017 when he turns 18 and a Senior in high school, he will be trained how to drive the trucks. Then he wants to go to college and major in Fire Science and become a paid firefighter in one town while still volunteering for our home town.
I am so proud of him and all that he is going through with the surgeries in order to make his dream of being a firefighter come true.
Way to go Jared.....