We made it! We're in Denver.
What are we doing in Denver? Well, we're trying a new therapy called ABM. This therapy is essentially the opposite idea of traditional therapy. It is a little complicated to explain, but it encourages the brain to work with the body through gentle movements, while at the same time, encouraging the child to initiate movement on their own rather than being forced.
This is the opposite of what we just did in L.A. two weeks ago. We're trying both and where ever we see progress is where we'll go and what we'll pursue.
So, yeah, we're in Denver. We have a few other things we're looking into, some more visiting of loves ones to do, the boys will attempt snow boarding, and in between therapies, the babies and I will be hoping for just a little snow fall. It's not something we Arizonans come by often so it's always nice to see a little fall. But just a little. Let's not get carried away.
Wanna hear something new?
First let me reiterate that Christian and his lower body do not see eye to eye. In fact, it's my theory that most of the time he doesn't even realize he has legs to move. Most of the time his legs are stretched out in extension, but they're getting better.
Christian moves his hands and arms all the time, though. I've said that if he could walk with his hands, we may be able to get somewhere. His legs...not so much. He can feel sensations in his legs and responds to stimulus but he rarely...ever moves them.
But things are a changin'.
Christian can now turn from his side to his back. Well, that's easy, you say! Sure is, but not for Christian. This takes coordination with the upper body, followed by the lower body. And in the last week, he's managed to figure it out. It's so small a movement but such a big deal. Because if he can begin with this, it's a bridge to the next step. It's learning to crawl before he can walk, figuratively...kind of.
And it's an even bigger deal that he can move his leg over purposely with a brace on because it adds a tiny bit of extra weight to his leg.
Take a look at what I'm trying to explain...
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This is big to me. So big. It means we are getting somewhere with movement. It means he's making a choice that he doesn't want to be on his side. He wants to be on his back. He's making a choice.
I can't explain it any better than to say that somewhere along the way a seed was planted - whether it was through therapy, stretching, weight baring, or just plain healing. And that seed has sprouted.
Now my job is to find the right type of water, soil, and just the right amount of sunlight to help this sprout grow.
Maybe I can find a garden center in Denver.
I'll keep you posted!