Our Hope

By sharing our story and our experiences with this birth injury we will hopefully educate people. Knowledge is power. Our hope is that you will read this blog, share it with your friends, and they will share with their friends. Then in some small way we have prevented other families from having to go through what we have.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Still Here

Hi!  We are still here! I can't believe it has been months since I last posted here on Jadon's Journey!  Time just keeps flying and we had a busy and eventful summer.  Jadon has made huge improvements in mobility since he had his tendon transfer/shoulder reduction in March.  He worked hard in therapy all summer long.  Some of his therapy was in the pool over the summer.  He really enjoyed that.

We went from therapy two days a week to once a week a little over a month ago.  We continue to work hard at home to encourage the use of both hands in activities.  He is getting better and better about using Righty on his own without any prompting from us.

He is getting so big!  How did he get to be so big!  We working on getting Jadon to dress himself independently right now.  He can get his own pants on but shirts are a little more of a challenge.  Even though he made huge gains after surgery still had trouble with certain movements.  He has trouble with internal rotation which makes reaching in towards his body to hold a zipper or button with one hand and close it with the other difficult.  I am hoping with more practice that dressing will get easier.

We have also been working on weight bearing.  For a long time after surgery this was something he did not like to do.  He really put up a fuss about any type of weight bearing but now is much more tolerable  of it.  I even catch him doing it while playing on the floor every so often.  He is very comfortable with weight bearing on his elbow but still struggles with bearing weight on his hand/wrist, supporting his weight with the shoulder.  If only we could get that darn wrist to do something!!!!

Now that summer is over we are back to a more structured routine.  In "tot school" we are working on learning how to use scissors.  This is a great activity for Righty to help with.  Righty holds the paper while lefty cuts.

Another great activity that gets both hands involved it playdoh.  Jadon LOVES playdoh!  We make our own and he will spend hours playing with it.
Over the weekend at a garage sale I found these plastic relish trays for a quarter.  They have actually been on my wish list of Tot School items for sorting.  Today we sorted mini porcupine balls by color using the trays.  He is showing off how Righty can hold them even without his Benik splint on!

Well....it has been so long since we have updated you that I am sure I left out tons of stuff!  I will do better!