This is just a short post – I wanted to quick share a video of Renny walking, using her parallel bars, one leg at a time! Yay! She is figuring it all out!
Archive for February 2010
The last two months have been fairly uneventful, which is a good thing. We like uneventful. However, we have a neat new thing for Renny now. T made her some parallel bars for her to practice walking. She LOVES them! She thinks they are a toy. She walks/jumps back and forth along it, for as long as 2 hours at a time. Today we saw her move her right leg and then moved her left leg, which is more than her usual step with her right, then jump to bring the legs together. Hopefully with more and more practice she will get the step with right then step with left walking pattern figured out enough to do all of the time. The OT is also going to bring her a forward walker, since she seems to favor that over the reverse walker. Here is a video of her using the parallel bars:
Her speech has not had much improvement, though I guess she is saying a bit more vocalizations with the speech therapist. She does still attempt to copy a word that we ask her to say, such as “duck”, “woof”, “dog”, and other simple words. Any word that starts with “d” or “b” she will try to say – only at our prompting, and they usually all come out sounding the same (“dah”, “buh”), but she’s trying. We are often reminded, too, of her receptive language abilities. Even though she does not talk, she understands. For instance, one evening we were discussing who was going to be able to go to Grandma’s house across the street, and it was decided which two of the boys could go. The next thing we know, we turn around and see Renny with her coat and my scarf on. She wanted to go too! So, alas, she got to go as well. And, she knows how to communicate in other ways. Once in awhile she will just make a decision in her head that she wants to go somewhere, and she will suddenly scoot around, grab her coat and put it on, followed by grabbing my or T’s coat and handing it to us, followed by her bringing us our shoes and trying to put them on for us. This is all usually done while we are preoccupied with something else, and the next thing we know, we’re heading out the door somewhere. Her actions, along with her various toned grunts and yells, easily get across what she wants!
Renny has been going to adaptive swimming once a week as well. She LOVES it. She has recently been brave enough to go under the water and hangs onto the edge with just one hand. She isn’t able to do any kicking in the water yet, but hopefully one day….
We have a spina bifida clinic coming up in a few weeks, where we will meet with various specialists. Hopefully only good news will come out of those appointments. And, sometime soon she will have to get the plate in her upper leg removed (from one of her earlier fractures). Besides that, she turns 3 in April, so she will be starting school. How time flies…!
Continued prayers for good health, strength, walking, and talking for her.
Here are a few pics: