It’s been a while. What’s been going on with Abe many of you have been asking….
Abe has now started pre-school. He’s going every morning, and is exhausted! We are trying to make sure we keep going with all his therapies at the same time and I suspect we may be overdoing it. He has horse riding twice a week, physio, and swimming!
Abe has continued to make steady progress over the summer, he’s still walking with support but he is much stronger. He has new splints, which are excellent quality and give him a great heel toe strike. However, he still has weakness in his left hip. This weakness is quite noticeable with the new splints as he hits the ground with his heel first and then the hip cannot control the movement so his foot tends to naturally rotate inwards. We are considering some lycra shorts which will give some support to the hip and encourage a better pattern.
Two weeks ago, Abe received some new sticks, which are like traditional walking sticks, but are very light and he is taking to them very well. His strength, balance and independent walking have improved considerably already. We are trying to motivate him to walk independently at home, and as a reward we told him we will buy him a remote control helicopter. He is now very wise to these ‘bribes/motivational techniques’ and has tried to talk me into buying it after a good swimming session!!! He’s a little monkey.
Abe has recently started asking more about his Cerebral Palsy. He is aware that most other children can walk on their own and has asked when he got his Cerebral Palsy, and when will it go away. It is very upsetting, but we hope some good will come of his awareness as he might put in more effort and push himself a little more. We would like to think that he will not be beaten, if he is anything like Gavin and I, nothing will stop him!