Cliff is doing so much better today! He tried to crawl around on his bed a little last night and he also tried to sit up on his own! He is very weak and fatigues very quickly. This morning we went down to the therapy room for PT and he did ok.. He did not really want to participate, but we did get him to do a few things:
He rolled all over the therapy mat! And then we got him on his tummy! He was a little uncomfortable, but I think he just needs a adjust to his new legs and the way things feel now.
Then he sat on the edge of the mat. He is VERY uncomfortable sitting up… I am praying this gets better with time. It is still so difficult for us to see him struggle so hard.
Then we got him on the therapy bench and tried to get him to stand a little. His knees bend so easily. They tend to ‘buckle” when he stands, which we anticipated. The therapist said that Cliff would most likely need knee immobilizers to wear at night when he sleeps in order to stretch his hamstrings and keep his legs straight. They also reccomended we get a treadmill for our house so Cliff can practice walking and side stepping on it.
Cliff also got to smear foam all over the mirror! He really liked this, but sitting on the bench is so difficult (or uncomfortable we aren’t sure which one) that he got frustrated. I think I am going to get this foam for him to stand and smear on the front glass door at home!
The second session was so horrible that we didn’t even get a chance to take pictures! Cliff screamed the whole time and he was so sleepy that he actually fell asleep on Ross’s shoulder while we tried to make him stand. We did get him to crawl a tiny bit on this hands and knees though! Ross and I have to do more PT with him on our own when he wakes up from his nap… We will see how that goes!
Thank you all so much for keeping Cliff in your prayers! Lifting him up to God during this difficult time is the only way we are making it! I can’t thank you all enough! Please keep Cliff in your prayers!
Oh yea! And he will be discharged tomorrow! Whooo Hoooo!
Seek the Lord and his strength
Seek his prescence continually!