Here is our little miss getting ready for her first therapy session with Emily the physical therapist from DDI Advantage. Elodie has hypotonia, which means that she has low muscle tone in her trunk and legs. Some other kids with this have it very severe throughout their whole body. She is just floppy and her legs frog out to the side when she is on her tummy or when she is on her back.
Friday, May 2, 2008
She is going to get therapy to strengthen her lower body. I am really excited to get this going. Emily was very nice. She seems like she has endless patience. It will be fun working with her. Elodie took to her quite well which is good. Elodie is pretty mellow when she meets new people, but she doesn't like it when you have to mess with her. Elodie doesn't like to get her clothes changed, lotion on, or shifted in different positions. I think that is from being in the NICU. The nurses were constantly fussing with her when she was in there. I can totally understand.
We have set very realistic goals to work on in the next few months. First, we are going to work on her sitting without bracing herself with her hands for at least twenty minutes. Next we are going to get her to stand assisted by holding on to the couch or holding on to our hands for at least two or three minutes. Emily gave us some exercises to help strengthen her. Elodie will be have sessions twice a month for now, but it may increase or decrease as she goes along.
Also DDI gave us a lot of information on classes and groups they provide for parents. I am really excited about this because no one I hang out with has kids. No one! I feel at times I am in the mommy bubble. No one really gets my life and what it is like to have to take care of little people all day and all night. I love it and it is the greatest job, but yeah- sometimes it is a bitch, like all jobs. This job is forever and you don't get any breaks. I don't even get to go to the bathroom by myself! Now that Joaquin is training he is all about watching people pee. Ugh. Anyway. I hope to meet new people. It will be nice to know parents that get what it is like to have young ones, especially ones that need more assistance. Woo-Hoo! I am excited and will be posting a lot on Elodie's progress. She has already been doing so well just from me working with her. Now that she will be getting professional help, she will be walking before we know it! Wish her LUCK!