Working to Exhaustion
Before we began this intensive program I was worried about 2 things: That Jian would not be cooperative and that she would not be physically able to tolerate all of the work that her muscles would be asked to do. Everyone has been praying, and neither of these has been a problem. Jian worked so hard today that she fell asleep this afternoon and is still out like a light. She stood while doing one activity for about 30 minutes before asking to sit and take a break. She wore her therapy suit for about 30 minutes while doing activities today. She walked all over while wearing her backpack. It was flattened out, and she thought it was empty, but the therapist had snuck a hand weight in the bottom of it 🙂 She used her “fast crutches” the entire morning. She worked on going from sitting to standing over and over while playing. She is becoming very comfortable and less self conscious with all of the staff and kids there.
I looked back at a picture of us in China today. Her postural alignment and size of her muscles in both legs have drastically improved. I tell my patients this all the time, but when you see your family member every day, it is easier to lose track of how far you’ve come. But if you see someone once a week or once a month or once a year, they can tell a huge improvement. Friday they have a really fun day planned at a special therapy gym that sounds a lot like Chuck E Cheese. She is very excited about it. And, in fact, for the past 3 sessions, she has talked her therapists into doing treatment an extra 30 minutes past the time her session is scheduled to end. I suspect that they are giving up their lunch time to do this. I am so grateful for all of the people who have been put in her life at the right time to help her along her journey.