Kt in the cap on sports day duty. Her endurance is what we might call normal now. Preferring to run rather than walk these days, following those morning activities she had a full day at school and a play in the garden. Typical. 🙂
Beyond her posture improvement, her stamina and movement efficiency are up there as of the best gifts of the SDR operation that so many of you have helped us achieve. (But let’s keep the momentum shall we Twinkle?:) )
Kt on the bouncer. More confident and relaxed movement. Getting up quicker and no excessive tension across the upper body. Her physio squad of Amy, Judith, Lucy and the Diamond Centre riding team have done such a good job in gradually building her strength, stamina and agility.
The charity funds, so kindly donated by so many for this work, is doing so much good.
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It’s good to see improvements, big or small, when your 4 year old is working so hard for them. If you look back over the blog it probably shows a fair amount of smiling going on from Caitlin and you could almost mistake the almost daily physio sessions for fun…and they are, up to a point. After a long day at school, with legs weighed down with tiredness, this is not easy. Being taken away from classmates (she loves her class!) to do more stretching, or missing assembly to go to another session does cause that bottom lip to extend into a frown. In general, she puts up minimal fuss and gets on with making good use of the wonderful donations she received from so many quarters!
The video shows that she has now acquired the core strength and balance to step down and jump from an average step with control rather than just hope and bravado. We have been working on her standing from a kneeling position, growing those tiny quads and hips! She’s quite chuffed with her new abilities! Another skill she is performing for the first time in her life. Those who had seen her before her SDR operation in St Louis will be well aware that she could not jump well off the floor and stairs were scary. High kneeling was not possible then as the tone through her lower body would not allow it or allow us to strengthen the required muscle set. She’s doing well.
Like all post SDR commanders, Kt has a rigorous physiotherapy schedule to fulfill. Here she is after a hard day at the office with physio Judith providing the praise and impetus and trickery that she needs to keep going. 🙂
She currently has 5 varying sessions a week then Dad on Saturdays. This session was an hour – a long time for 4 year olds to do anything let alone this stuff.
Well done little Ms Ford!
A session does not pass by without us saying silent ‘thank yous’ to all those who donated to help this happen. We are so grateful.
Nicole Luongo is vocal on the progress she has made since her SDR op as an adult. Find out more here: