Progress with her crutches!
Jian is doing so much better with using her crutches! This has been a huge point of stress for us. When she is agreeable to using them, she can literally walk faster than I can and walks for about an hour without needing to rest. She has just been so self conscious about using them that we are fighting a mental battle. This week, she has used the crutches from the front door of our house to the car and back to the house. She has used them from the car to the door of our church building; from the car to the door of the CrossFit gym. And yesterday, when we went swimming, I didn’t even have to ask her. She just said, “Ok. I’ll use my sticks,” and picked them up and walked all the way up to the gate without my help! This makes life so much easier for me, as I’m usually loaded down carrying multiple items and holding her hand or giving her a piggy-back ride everywhere is becoming very taxing. She still hasn’t actually gone inside of a public building with the crutches, but she will get there. We have 2 more weeks to practice before school starts. I will give her the choice of going today or tomorrow to start practicing walking from the car to the door of the school. The day that it is automatic for her to just use her crutches every time she walks will be a huge break-through. We really appreciate everyone’s continued support and encouragement!