Our Hope

By sharing our story and our experiences with this birth injury we will hopefully educate people. Knowledge is power. Our hope is that you will read this blog, share it with your friends, and they will share with their friends. Then in some small way we have prevented other families from having to go through what we have.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I Did It!!

Sorry it has been while since I have posted an update!  We have been keeping pretty busy around our house!  Therapy three days a week alone does that!  Jadon has really been thriving and making huge progress!  Every two weeks his therapist does measurements to track his progress.  His range of motion continues to improve each week.   It is always exciting when we hear that he has 10 more degrees of shoulder flexion, 15 more degrees of shoulder abduction!  It is so exciting! 

You can see differences at home too.  He does more and more with either both hands or just Righty.  Righty is no longer on the sidelines!  I am so, so thankful we had this surgery done!  He was not capable of any of this before! 
Dying eggs at Easter with Daddy with two hands!

Playing with his new cars that the Easter Bunny brought him using both of this hands!

Jadon has also been doing great at therapy!  He is usually so happy to be there to play with Ms. Karen who is so good with him!  Therapy does not seem as frustrating for him now.   Here is Ms. Karen sneaking in some stretching on the platform swing.

Another favorite is "painting" with shaving cream on the tall mirror.
This week we are starting constraint therapy.  This means that Lefty will have a cast made to fit him.  It will be removable for sleeping etc.....and this will then force Jadon to try new things with Lefty.  Ms. Karen did a few tests at the beginning of this phase of therapy to have a starting point.  We will do the constraint therapy all waking hours for four weeks.  
Jadon stacked seven blocks with Righty!

Reaching high to put blocks in the cup!

Using a fork.

Turning pages one by one in a book!

Monday the cast was all equipped with straps and ready to go.  Jadon was not too happy once he realized this was not just something that was going to happen at therapy.  He is really frustrated so far but we are doing lots of one on one activities to keep his focus on what Righty CAN do.  Here we are doing some sitting activities.  Pushing buttons is great practice for his fingers.

And after just one day of practice he figured out how to get his fork to his mouth.  This is a fork that we have bent in and it has a piece of foam tube around it to help him grip better. I could watch him do that all day long!

After just having the cast home for barely 48 hours it has starting slipping down his arm and then he can slide it off.  Now when I put it one he spends the next five minutes getting it off.  We are going to therapy this afternoon so I am going to have to break it to Ms. Karen that I think we are going to have to make a new cast.  Little turkey!