Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Izzy Update...

Saturday...
Matt & dad worked on the swing. It is basically a piece of wood 3'X4' that hangs from the ceiling. She swings 4 minutes during each session of therapy. She seems to really relax so she has been swinging a lot this week. (Please remember when looking at this photo of the therapy room that we had been out of town several days and were working on all these new pieces of equipment :)





This is the inside of the hyperbaric chamber (hbot - hyperbaric oxygen therapy). We 'dive' at 1.5 atmospheres of pressure breathing 100% oxygen!




We also were trying to make "rolling" more fun so we basically
raised up one end of Izzy's queen sized mattress so that she can roll down the bed. We just put it down at bedtime...
Here is a picture of her after rolling down! She does actually enjoy it.
There have been several exciting things happen since we have been doing therapy so I wanted to update before I forget everything...
Sunday...
We were talking about Izzy doing so well identifying the cvs cards we use while masking for the Australians. (the cvs cards are basically 11X11 sheets of white paper with specific pictures of different things. When we do masking (60 sec.) we show her 10 cards 1 at a time and only say the name of the object. We rotate the 160 cards, using 10 per week. Matt was saying we should do cards to do colors and I thought she probably already knew colors... so we decided to find out. We got some toys that were bright colors and just held up two and said, "Izzy, look at the red toy." She got them all right! So, question answered... she knows her colors!
Later we did our first round of her new programme. She cried a lot but still did great on the assisted crawling.
Monday...
We went to hippo therapy. Izzy rode Doc. She did great and sat up well. She was so tired by the time we finished! It was fun for her and she enjoyed seeing the horses.
We did another round of the programme and she seemed so much happier about it this time. She did 20 ft. of assisted crawling so well. We were very impressed. She also did her new exercise called sit ups well and held her head good. She leaned for kisses when prompted.
Today...
Finally went to the dds to schedule her dental work ... YEAH!
The dentist was very nice and is making calls to get her procedure scheduled. It will probably be about two weeks from Thursday.
When we were in the waiting room I had her new baby Mozart toy that says colors in three languages...along with music. We kept pushing yellow and I would say, "say yellow." Matt says that she said yellow three times and then when we pushed red and I told her to say red she wouldn't...
Tonight we did her programme and she did well again, she was so tired tonight she kept trying to fall asleep. She did great again on the assisted crawling and even pulled her leg up herself this time which was new! She then put her little hiney in the air like babies do when they are trying to crawl... also new! This is all so encouraging!
Please keep praying! She is doing so great.
Love, Annie

"We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you." Psalms 33:20-22

2 comments:

annb said...

Annie,
How exciting! Does it seem like since starting the exercises from AIAHP that her progression seems more advanced? It just seems like over the past 6 - 9 months she has had so many "news". God is so great and I am rejoicing with you. I continue to lift Izzy and your family in prayer before the Lord and as we know He is the great healer!

Arlene said...

Awwww, I love all the things you guys are doing to help her! I'll have to read back to find out exactly what happened with her. You guys have your hands full, but you seem to be dealing great :-)