All second thoughts and worries about making the decision to have Kennedy fit with a STARband to treat her cranial plagiocephaly were quickly erased early this week when we received a letter from our insurance company saying that the STARband had been deemed medically necessary and would be covered under our insurance! We had planned to have Kennedy fit with the helmet regardless of the decision made by our insurance company, but hearing that we would not be responsible for the $3,500 cost out of pocket was quite a relief for us! I quickly set up an appointment to start the process of ordering Kennedy's STARband and took her in for her next scan.
At this appointment, our orthotist scanned Kennedy's head again to check to see how her head shape had changed since we first came in a month ago.
Her head had grown in every area except for the flat spot in the back of her head - no change whatsoever there! This only further confirmed to me that she needed the helmet!
We took some "before" photos of her head after her scan. I can't wait to compare these as her treatment progresses. Sometimes, I don't think her head looks that flat, but I'm sure once she wears the STARband and her head fills in where it's supposed to, the difference will be very obvious!
I was surprised to learn that we can expect her to be in the helmet for 12 weeks. Although the flatness may correct itself sooner, our orthotist explained that 12 weeks will give the plates in her skull time to strengthen. If we remove the helmet too soon, there's a chance that her head will go back to being flat - we definitely don't want that!
The helmet will be in next Thursday, and we'll go in then for her initial fitting. From there, we'll follow up with STAR every two weeks until she's cleared by our orthotist to ditch the helmet!
The good news, to me, is that we can take the helmet off for important photos - Santa, Christmas morning, her upcoming baby dedication. The STARband is supposed to be left on 23 hours a day - which means that if we need to remove it for something important, we can.
We ordered the helmet (in baby pink!) and headed to Hobby Lobby after her appointment to buy some glittery stickers to decorate it. I can't wait to glam it up! She's going to be the cutest helmet-baby ever!
There was a time that I dreaded the thought of Kennedy having to get a helmet. Now, I can't wait until next Thursday when we can get her fit with it and get her treatment started. The sooner we get the STARband on, the sooner Kennedy's cranial plagiocephaly will be gone and we'll be able to move forward! I know that, soon, this will all be a distant memory and the only reminder we'll have of Kennedy's days in her pink helmet will be her beautiful, perfectly round head!