It is finally summer break! I’m not sure who is more excited – me or the kids. I can’t say that our summer is going to be any less busy than our school year, but it does mean no lesson plans or assignments to complete!
Grace and Samuel have been in Branson with my parents this week, so their summer has started off with a bang! It’s been different being home with just Josiah and Ruth Ann. It reminds me of when Grace and Samuel were this little. We’ve stayed busy with different outings this week and Ruth Ann has thoroughly enjoyed it. Josiah had therapy at the park this morning, which they both thought was wonderful.
On the medical side of things: no news is good news I suppose! We’ve had quite a bit going on; I’ve just not been on the computer to update much.
We’ve stayed busy with 7-8 therapies a week. The therapy Josiah receives from the school will not happen during the summer, and he was able to drop one physical therapy from his schedule, so he’ll even get a bit of a summer break with only two occupational therapies and one physical therapy a week. He’ll even have a week in Branson with grandma and grandpa later this summer which will mean no therapy at all. He won’t want to come home!
Josiah had outgrown his foot/leg brace, so the last two months have been spent coordinating with insurance, doctors, therapists, and the orthotic company to order a new brace. Whew! That was quite the ordeal. April 21 we took him in to have the casting done on his leg so a custom brace could be made. He should get it soon and I’m hoping he will do well with it. I’m also hoping to find a good pair of shoes for him to wear. We’ve tried the special orthotic shoes, and he refused to even walk in them. I can’t say I blame him; they’re huge and bulky and don’t look comfy at all.
April 7th Josiah had his second round of vaccines. I thought this round was going to be better as he didn’t seem to be bothered as much the following day. He did complain of his legs hurting, but was able to keep walking on them this time. About two days after the shots, his leg was red and swollen and he was pretty tired. The day after that he was sick; which may or may not have been related; but either way, it was a very long week. It took him about a week to start acting like himself again.
Five weeks later he’s STILL pulling up his pant leg to show and tell people that the nurse gave him shots on his leg. I’m not looking forward to round 3 at the end of June…
His doctor was impressed with his vision; as we were sitting in the exam room, Josiah had a book and had pointed to a picture of a ladder on a fire truck. It seems that Josiah has more vision than his chart says he should have. 🙂
Botox has proved to be beneficial and we’re seeing progress, even though slow. Josiah seems to prefer the occupational therapy over physical therapy, and will sometimes initiate the use of his right arm. He knows what to expect during therapy and works really hard to use his arm and hand. He always comes out of therapy smiling and telling me, “Hi mom! I worked hard!”
So there’s a quick summary of our last two months!