Has it really only been a week since we got Anne’s gait trainer? Seriously, only a week? Last Thursday seems like a lifetime ago – Anne has changed so much…
She’s walking SO much better now. She loves to walk to the piano, and then I turn her around and she walks back to the sofa. The other night, she wanted to quit, but we encouraged her to walk as fast as she could to the sofa. When she finished, Eric hugged her and said how proud of her he was. Then Anne said, “I’m proud of me too.” YES! She put forth EFFORT! AND had the self awareness to feel proud of herself! We’ve been praying for that :-)
Another thing… Anne was able to sit in my lap – without moving – just relaxing for almost five minutes. That might not sound like a big deal – but to me, it’s HUGE. There is something about Anne’s injury that prevents her from sitting still. While she was in the hospital, she could not relax in my lap – she would constantly want to sit up. And she’s done the same thing at home – not being able to just sit in my lap – but always wanting to change positions. This week, that’s changed! I’ve so enjoyed Anne’s short bouts of stillness! You don’t think about the gift of a relaxed child in your lap, until – well – your child can’t relax – but Anne is improving :-)
Anne’s also doing really well with her new speech therapist. Therapists are people – with different personalities and gifts, and some have meshed well with Anne, and others – well, not so much. This therapist is able to pull the best out of Anne. We’re very thankful for her!
I’ve learned alot about sensory processing issues from this SLP (speech language pathologist). Anne struggled with sensory processing before the accident, and it’s only magnified in her now. I’m excited for Anne to start working with an OT in the area that has extensive experience with Sensory Processing Disorder. I’ll probably write more about that later…
But for now, it’s obvious that God is working mightily in Anne! She is emerging more and more. Getting angry, showing excitement, demanding her way, kissing Canon, correcting Kate, and saying, “I love you Mama.” :-)
The joy she brings makes up for all the hard work of caring for her. We’re very grateful in the Jackson house these days!