This is my very last session at the Kaufman Children's Center. I have had 9 sessions and Mummy has learned some pretty handy tips. Before we left today, we were given an exercise routine to follow. Something that we can keep going with at home. Jessica was very keen for Mummy to keep in touch and said to let her know if we needed any help and that when I master these techniques to send her a video and she will write me a new programme.
I did some good sitting on this swing today, and some good holding on too.
The reverberating microphone made me realise that sound was coming out of my mouth. It did make me stop suddenly the first time I heard a sound come back at me.
Mummy couldn't believe I ate all this. This mix was mango, carrot and apple puree - it didn't taste bad, BUT it was FROZEN! I have only ever tolerated eating something that was frozen once, so this is a big step for me. Jessica suggested starting all my meals with a little bit of something frozen to make me really aware of my mouth.
This is me crunching a vege tube between my teeth. Just another sensation and another texture so I can get the idea of biting and chewing.
It is sad that our time at Oxford Hyperbarics is all finished... There are so many small little changes that have happened! The easiest to see was how much more movement I have in the chamber. I am annoyingly wriggly. I am SO much more vocal too! There are so many more sounds and noises I am making. I would recommend Hyperbaric for anyone, especially if you need a little "boost" or want to amplify results for something you are trying to do - like the Suit Therapy or Speech.
I am liking to sit up more in the chamber. Sometimes I can pull myself up to sit (depending what there is for me to pull myself up on), other times Mummy will help me. It is good to see some of what is going on outside!
I am still such a wriggle worm in the chamber - this is one of the things that has definately changed for my during my time here. That, and I can suck from a pop top bottle if I am thirsty! I just need some help to put it in my mouth... I can reach to swat at it the bottle too! (That is how Mummy knows I want it)
Today was our last 2 sessions at the South Lyon office of Oxford Hyperbarics. Tami and Bruce are always so happy to see me and have noticed how much I have changed - even in the last week. I am so active in the chamber now and I am vocalising too. I am making so many more sounds!
Yes, I am noisy and wriggly! (and a little poo machine in there lately too - pee yew! lol)
I started the hour with a swing in the big chair, before moving on to some other things.
We tried going into a darkened room that had apple sauce on a light box. Jessica thought that it might help me to see it better and hoped I might be keen to touch and taste it. I wasn't keen at all, but it was worth a try!
I am trying a few different things to help me with sealing my lips. This spoon has been in the freezer!
I am starting to like the ice too!
And the straw!
I had a really good drink too! I am listening to a cd that has a special beat. One that is supposed to get me in the rhythm of breathe, suck, swallow.
Rolling right along with HBOT! I have done 33 sessions at 2.0 atmospheres, the equivilant of being 33 feet under water. I had a little bit of a bright yellow runny nose today. It has confirmed for Mummy that it is infection leaving. I had a touch of the sniffles today and it cleared up quickly after my sessions.
Chris is working me hard with these new exercises!
I am starting to get better at them too! This is all me. I did have some help to stablise, but I could mantain it for a bit today - with out arm splints!
I am learning to stand on my own two feet too! No splints in sight! It takes some big muscles to stand tall.
My balance is getting better too. Chris is holding me fairly low on my legs. The rest is me!
This one was hard and I didn't like it at all. Holding myself up while standing up with nothing to help my legs was lots of work!
Before we went home we went for a ride. It was a beautiful day and it was so much fun to peadle! Chris said it was me peadling a bit, because the bike kept moving when really it should have stopped if I wasn't trying.
I was a bit cranky this morning. I was miserable and irritable and I didn't really know what I wanted to do... After we pressurised a smell started to waft through... I did a whopper of a HBOT poo in the chamber! It was so large it filled my nappy and went on the sheets... Sheila could smell it from the outside... I was very happy after that!
This afternoon I was back to my old wriggly self, tapping on the glass!