It has been 4 months
This week marked 4 months since the day we met Jian. Four months. That sounds like such a short time, but feels like she has been home for years. With all of the goals we are working toward and things she wants to accomplish with her mobility, it is easy to forget about all of the huge hurdles we have jumped over in just a few short months. For someone who had never really walked or put weight through her left leg or even acknowledged her left leg, she is like a completely different person. She now puts her left leg down and puts weight through it when standing to do every day things like brushing her teeth without having to be reminded. Though it is very difficult and requires a lot of concentration, she is able to take several steps without being assisted at all. Just this morning, she was agreeable to wearing her brace in public and had a very positive experience (not one person noticed or drew attention to it.) She is feeling more at ease using her cane at school, including walking into the school building with it, out to the car with it, and using it to walk longer distances within the school to ESL class, etc.
She is very comfortable with her teachers and classmates and talks about them often and misses them on weekends. She can count to 100 in English with few cues (she still gets confused with the 10’s and says “90” for 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80.) She is speaking complete sentences in English with very few Mandarin words mixed in during daily conversation. She still meets with her Chinese translator regularly and has maintained all of her listening and speaking skills in Mandarin. We are working daily on English reading skills. She is understanding more about God and has confidence in praying to Him. Up until about a week ago, whenever she was upset or crying, she would run away from us and want to be alone. Just this week, she has bumped her head or fallen and started to cry. When I walk over to her, she now reaches her arms out to me and wants me to pick her up and comfort her. That is the hugest leap we have made recently.
We still have a very long way to go, but it is so encouraging to reflect upon all of the accomplishments we have made since meeting her face to face on June 17. She is now a funny and confident member of our family vs. the delicate, fragile little girl we met in China. I can’t wait to see what is in store for the next 4 months.