Tuesday, October 1, 2013

HBOT (Block 3) Sessions 37 and 38

Well this morning I was in with Daddy and decided now was a great time to create a really - REALLY stinky nappy! HBOT is good for detoxing out all the rubbish in my system and this is the way I get rid of it. Mummy is a bit surprised that it took us 3 weeks worth of HBOT before I started to do this. Normally it works a lot quicker for me. Since we are on the subject, on Saturday I did 7 dirty nappies!

HBOT (Block 3) Sessions 35 and 36

Today I did both sessions with Mummy. I was really active inside the chamber. I  think Mummy even caught me looking at the tv a few times... :D The two sessions just flew by

Kaufman Center - Day 14

I started today in the swing, to help stimulate my vestibular system. This is what helps me to organise and process all the information I am given during  therapy.

I sat up big and tall and keen to start today

I sat up for a drink from the one way straw. Look at my lip seal! I am owning that straw!

Back to the swing with the Z-Vibe for a bit. I really love the vibration of the Z-Vibe

I am starting to nail these frozen blue berries. I chew them up with my big back teeth and swallow them down.

Jessica thinks I should get the hang of sucking from this little food bottle fairly easily. Sometimes I can squeeze it myself too when the mood takes me

I finished the day trying to blow on the recorder. I am much more accepting of new things in my mouth now.

This was my last session with Jessica for this trip. She is going away on holidays so I will see some other therapists for my last week

TheraSuit September 2013 - Day 15

Today the thought of therapy made me tired.

I worked on some snow angel exercises. When my arms come down by my side I open my legs out

This exercise is for hip stabilisation. I move my legs together to the side to shift the ball off the table. If you do this exercise yourself you can feel how you use both legs to move your body to the side. It will help me be able to stand up tall on my own

I was standing tall here for a while, but I do still tend to flop over.

So Nico bends me right down and puts some pressure on my shoulders. This makes me want to stand up again. It is similar to when a drawer gets stuck and you pull it out some more before you can push it back in.

Standing in the spider, I practiced some stepping. I have a pretty good stepping pattern. Lift, move forward, heel down and lift off on my toe

Mummy and Nico noticed today, that I actually take better steps with out the suit on my legs! I tend to get a bit stuck together around my knees with the suit on

HBOT (Block 3) Sessions 33 and 34

I have been doing the mornings in with Daddy and the afternoons in with Mummy. I was a bit cranky in with Daddy this morning, but I was still happy for a cuddle.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kaufman Center - Day 13

 Jessica and I started our session in the swing. I love the swing!

 We worked on chewing frozen blueberries with my back molars. I wasn't as cooperative as I was the other day, but I still managed to do a couple of good chews.

 Each afternoon when I go in there is a table full of goodies for me to try. In the bowl there are frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries.

 There were crispy chicken nuggets, waffle, veggie sticks (like chips) carrot, celery, cucumber and apple sticks.

 I didn't care much for trying the new food today. I wanted to stick with my Z-Vibe.

 We are also starting to work on verbal communication. I really love to swing and Jess is prompting me to say "Oh" as in "Go" I did this a few times!!!

 I wasn't too interested when Jess tried to get me to blow into the recorder. I tried to push her away BUT when she didn't give it back I sat bolt upright and reached for her. I reached so hard I fell out of the swing! She had to race forward and catch me!

And look what I wanted to do! I put that recorder right to my mouth. I didn't blow, I just wanted it in there. Another really great day of therapy.

TheraSuit September 2013 - Day 14

We were back to doing the ETPS acupuncture. Nico thinks it helps a lot. If he had the time he would do a whole extra session of just this.

He does up and down my right arm and leg.

And then he works them hard.

The reciprocal exercises are becoming a daily exercise. 6 kgs on each leg.

 This exercise is for hip stabilisation. It will help me to control my hips and be able to correct them when I sway from side to side when I stand up.

 And although I still hate doing four point  - especially on the vibration machine, look how strong I am getting.  I can hold my head up high!

 Standing on the vibration machine, I can feel my muscles right up my body.

 My weak right arm is not as weak as it was when we started. I still don't like to use it, but I am starting to when Nico wants me to. Look at my push up on my sleepy arm!!

 We moved away from four point today and concentrated more on the walking.

I can take some pretty good and controlled deliberate steps. With out the suit, or splints on my legs, I can support my own body weight.

Friday, September 27, 2013

HBOT (Block 3) Sessions 33 and 34

This is me after my 33rd session of hyperbaric oxygen. I was sitting up all happy when I came out. I have been making lots of beautiful sounds and my eyes are like big, clear, blue saucers. I am drinking everything around me in. Mummy's session I slept for most of it and woke up not long before we came out. I was happy after this too.

Kaufman Center - Day 12

 Today Jessica was away and I had Sandra for a half hour session. She has popped in to see me from time to time so she knew a little about my skills and what I have been up to.

 We worked on eating and listening to the head phones. I ate up all my lunch for her.

 I chewed up and swallowed some frozen blueberries.

I even managed to squeeze some apple sauce into my own mouth. This will even help me learn to suck!
The half hour went much faster than the hour session. We spent the whole time eating.

TheraSuit September 2013 - Day 13

It is Wednesday and I am back to the PFC to do some morning stretches.

I am working on building up the strength in my right arm. This also helps me with purposeful movement, because I am well aware that my right arm is there right now.
Sometimes during the reciprocal movement exercises I am lifting my leg up early and pushing back down before Mummy has a chance to put pressure on my hand.

I am working on my abductor exercises. I need to open up my legs and try to hold them

This exercise works on my glutes. I need to lift up my legs and bottom so I am lying almost flat.

I am getting good head lift in this exercise now. I am also doing a good job lifting my bottom up so I don't sag in the middle.

More and more of my time is being spent with my eyes open now. Some of the exercises I am starting to discover are not worth crying about. Just like this one.

Check out this lift I am getting! I am doing this fairly easily too. Such a big change from January.

Nico sure is working me hard on my arms and weight bearing!

Every spare second he has me doing this. I am never idle.

I am working on my right side elbow propping and learning how to push up into a sitting position.

Here I am in the spider. I am standing on a rocker board which helps me shift my weight from foot to foot. Just like I would have to do when I walk on my own.

Nico is having me work on kicking the ball. It is the same movement as taking a step. Moving my leg to the front from behind.

Working on some stepping. I'm not doing too badly considering that I have no support on my legs and I need to hold up and move my own body weight.

More Ugallop to finish the day. The last little bit of core activation.