Pediatric Crutches

Last night we tried out Ryan’s walking sticks. Remember Ryan? Laelia’s true love?

Yeah that’s them together. Awwwwwwwww.

Anyway,  she did really well! I mean she  just started really  taking a few small  steps in a walker  this month  so these crutches  are major league for her.

Getting up is hard.

She fell back on me a lot.

She doesn’t know about this.

I don’t even know what she’s doing here. ;)

Walking rock star!!!

Here’s a long video of her doing it for the first time if I remember correctly. Here’s another shorter video of her second or third attempt. I was just thrilled with the fact that she tried them and didn’t get scared! Ever since we got her KAFOs she’s been a little afraid of heights. “Heights” being the whole three feet from  her nose  to the ground. :)  So I’m thrilled  Laelia was willing to  even stand up with those wobbly things. I think falling practice in PT and doing the parallel bars has  really helped her overcome her fear.  I went online that night after we got home  and ordered her some  crutches of  her own. (I got some good advice to not wait on  insurance like we have been.)  They should arrive Thursday! I’m so excited! Early Christmas presents! And Laelia is  excited too! She doesn’t treat walking  like other physical therapy excercises, but  revels in the  independence. Her doctor (van Bosse) commented in an email after seeing her YouTube videos, “For her, learning to walk isn’t a chore, it’s a passion.”

When I asked her what color she wanted her crutches to be she was so impatient, “Green! Or pink! Or white! Just buy them!” Ryan’s were blue, do you want blue too? “Yes. Or black. Or purple!!!” How about princess purple? “Yes!  Are we buying them now?” :)

Taking steps since August 31st, 2011!


2 Responses to “Pediatric Crutches”

  1. Melissa Rowe says:

    Hurray!! I LOVE that last picture. What a great capture. :]

  2. Linda Wesley says:

    Go Laelie go! Go for the rainbow crutches! =)

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