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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Doing It All By Himself

 I woke up this morning to sounds in the kitchen (fridge opening and closing, utensil drawer opening, stuff clanging on the counter.  This is what I found when I got to the kitchen......

Jadon was peeling his own Cutie!  He had it almost done by the time I got out there and he finished it without my help.  This is something that does not come easy for Jadon since it requires the use of both hands.  He did a great job and I was very proud that he never asked for help!  He knew he could do it and he did!

Later in the day we were playing catch with a giant stuffed polar bear.  Jadon caught it in the air several times!  I was so excited!!  Two awesome Righty things in one day! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Home Therapy Activities

Jadon sees his occupational therapist once a week but the rest of the time it is our job to make sure Righty is getting a workout.  I usually take ideas that my therapist has and bring incorporate them into our daily activities.  Recently she taped a cleaning cloth to Righty and they drew on the mirror with dry erase markers.  Then it was Righty's job to erase the pictures when they wanted to start over.   At one point she mentioned that there might be an auto mitt that might fit around the clamshell brace.  We checked it out and found these.
They fit around his clam shell perfectly!!!  I was so excited!  Jadon's Aunt got him an art easel for Christmas.  One side is a chalkboard and the other side is a dry erase board so we are ready for some home therapy fun! 

He is ready to go!  Look how high Righty is!

Time for some erasing!

Probably more erasing than you needed to see!  I can't get enough of it though!  He continues to make great progress.  The clamshell was made by our therapist so assist in some active weight bearing through the elbow and shoulder which is very important for strength building and bone growth.  The clamshell spreads out his fingers to give him a better base and assists the wrist since he has very little wrist function and his hand is very weak.  

Most of our home therapy these days is incorporated into everyday play.  He shows very little patience for sitting and stretching though we do sneak that in everyday too!  Even though we have been going to therapy since Jadon was just a couple days old I still learn so much every visit!!