Eek, I haven’t posted an update since May! So what has Abe been up to?
We spent two weeks at Footsteps Therapy Centre in Oxford. Abe was fantastic for every session. He really enjoyed it and despite the hard work, he had a smile for Aga and Beatta every day. By midway through his second week he could walk down the entire corridor with just Memo Sandals for support. Absolutely amazing. His core strength improved tenfold and his confidence was high.
Midway through his Footsteps course, we had Auntie Rowan’s wedding. Abe was a page boy and Thea a flower girl. Abe walked down the aisle, hand in hand with Gavin, and on the way back out insisted on his tripod sticks being brought to him! We were on a high.
For about 2 or 3 weeks afterwards though he was uncooperative, unwilling to do much and wouldn’t even try walking independently. Our usual bribes were shunned. We felt like he just couldn’t be bothered! Abe was in fact exhausted. It wasn’t until a few weeks on, when he “got his mojo back”, that we realised we’d pushed him so hard but hadn’t given him a break. We just want Abe to have the ultimate independence, walking without aids, but unfortunately it’s not going to be a quick fix and we need to reset our expectations.
Thankfully he now seems to be back on track. His walking with the tripods is amazing, he’s nearly running! Everyone has commented on how fantastic he looks, how straight he is and what great progress he is making. He’s a little superstar!