What a truly horrible first day. We have had the absolute perfect storm of ugh: first fever (woke up at 38.4, normal is 36.5) on the day of fitting (yesterday), teeth (first teeth are headed in), I had my wisdom teeth out last Friday (owwie) and had a fever, and now Mom is getting sick, and then we stuck the new helmet in to the mix of all of that. First night we said forget it, did not put it back on her, she was just too hot. Was feeling better today, so we used the helmet all day. It is a TIGHT fit. Real pain to get it on and off, and Mom does not quite have it down . . . so our little one gets upset by the extra fiddling. And I cannot always be here, I have to attend to my clients who have been abused by my absence over the last month for surgery and everything. Although they are awesome and understanding. And the helmet never goes quite on the same way twice, always a little off to one side or the other (is that normal?), so we worry we are doing it right . . . but her head is actually almost normal already just from the surgery.
And the crying, oh the crying. An hour of non-stop "Why are you doing this to ME?" Take off helmet, some sobs, some accusatory looks, and she bounces back just in time to be put back in the helmet and repeat.
We only hope that what everyone says about this getting easier is true, because it sure is not easy now...
Photo of the helmet: http://piella.org/?p=306