Thursday, July 9, 2009

The trip home and a couple updates

On our way home from the 'Burg we stopped at Cracker Barrel for supper and needless to say our children quite enjoyed their meal! They were starving, poor things, and just about licked their plates clean. We "shopped" while waiting on our food and you would of thought they'd never seen toys in their life! I love the innocent part of this stage that they are in!! Speaking of innocence, at this point it is about the only thing that keeps me from giving them away. Just kidding! But seriously I am so over the drama that these little people inflict upon our household day in and day out. They are quickly approaching the terrible two's so I know there is no end in sight right now so lets pray they continue to be the cutest little buggers alive in between their fits and tantrums and constant screaming, crying and fighting.
We've been so incredibly busy lately that I haven't really had time to update on Bubs. Two weeks ago we went to see an orthopedist and he took one look at him walking and stated "Well he definitely got the right diagnosis." Gee thanks doc, such comforting words. Wait, let me back-track. About a month ago James started running and he just gets faster and faster as the days go by. Which is a wonderful thing to see, especially since we didn't know if he would even walk a few months ago! But and however the leg that's affected by CP cannot keep up with the rest of his physical/mental advancements so he's started creating more tone in that leg to compensate for his lack of strength in the muscles that are affected by CP. Really long story short: The stretches that were working so well for him when he first started walking are not affective any more so he needs a brace. We had hoped he wouldn't need it but he does and we go to pick it up this afternoon. I know that most of this info is confusing and has you all scratching your heads. I promise one day soon to go into a complete and uncomplicated as possible explanation of Cerebral Palsy and the way it works.

6 comments:

Dianne said...

Oh, but how far this little guy has come in his fight against CP. Their innocence sells them EVERY time. How precious. Just wait till Christmas when they REALLY have the anticipation of toys and presents and trees and all the trappings. They're such a delight through these early years. Learning. Experiencing. Awe and wonder. Over the simplest "finds". I hate James will be compromised by the brace but, hope it'll finish up this process and he'll be running like the wind soon.

Becky said...

Waiting to hear!

~sydney~ said...

That's YUMMY NUUUUMMY

Amber said...

Love the pics!! And yes, this stage is maddening at times. The tantrums are killing me!!!

Which brace did you all get? We have seen such a difference in Nathan's tone in his legs since he has been wearing his orthotics. His legs were so tight before and he walked on his toes...he still walks on his toes when he doesn't wear the orthotics, but he can't when he is wearing them. Because of this, his leg muscles are so much "softer". Can't wait to see pics of James' brace!

And I really can't wait for 2 weeks from now!!! Here's hoping that all of our kiddos can stay well between now and then. :)

Amanda said...

He got an AFO brace for his left leg. It has airplanes and fire trucks on it so he's kinda interested in it but knowing James he'll be over it in a few days.....Our therapist has been really positive when talking about the brace so we are hoping that it will do what he needs it to. of course it will take a while to be able to see any real progress which is gonna be trying but oh well. I'm gonna do my best to get some pics of him in it on here before we leave for the beach!

Amanda said...

And yeah no body better get sick this time although with 7 kids someone is bound to come down with something. Lets keep our fingers crossed!!!