Tuesday, October 14, 2008
So I finally got around to taking some new pictures of Ben's hand for you all to see. So here is the first. He is now 10 weeks post surgery.
I was so excited during physical therapy on Monday. He was playing with rhythm sticks and I saw him grasping it like this. It is so miraculous!!! Hope all of this helps some. Please email me if you have any questions. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, October 6, 2008
I cried tonight as I uploaded Benjamins birthday pictures. Just two years ago Benjamin was 6 days old and fighting for his life. It all still seems so raw. I feel like there is a permanent scar on my heart that has healed but the scar is there to remind me how precious life is. Are there any other parents who have gone through this who feel the same way? At times I feel like I'm just finally getting my life back to normal, but then again what is normal. Maybe we just have a new normal. Okay, so there are the deep thoughts! Now on to better things.
Benjamin isn't able to blow, but he tried so hard to blow out his candles. This is one of the things the speech therapist is currently working on. The day he is able to blow the feather across the table you may see me doing a victory dance kinda like the football players in the end zone. I'll post a video when it happens!
There's nothing like the joy in a child's eyes while opening up presents!
I found a bubble machine for his party. He absolutely loved it. Bubbles were blowing everywhere. He just stood there in amazement.
Benjamin sat at his little computer one day for the longest time. I call him my Little Einstein. He sat there so long that he actually fell asleep and almost fell of the couch.
This is the best photo I could find of what his hand looks like now. He's in bed sleeping like I should be or I would take a really good one. I will try in the next few days.
I liked this photo because it showed him using his hand at 2 1/2 weeks after getting his cast off.
Well that's it for tonight. I'm off to sleep:-)
How amazing Benjamin is. He is starting to use his right hand more. Before surgery he was right hand dominant. After surgery because of the cast he began using his left hand. Now that the cast is off he is left hand dominant but is beginning to use his right hand more. Three weeks ago he hardly used it at all. Then he began using it for assistance. Just in the last few days I see him using it by itself. I would say he is still left dominant though. He is beginning to get the pinch concept. Now when I instruct him to pinch he is able to do it a little. Only on command though. I think it is so funny that I'm telling him to pinch. If my other children were to pinch I would say, "No, no, ablsolutely NO!!!" All in the name of therapy I say regarding Benjamin. That includes drinking bath water!!! My other children may need counseling someday over this issue, ha ha! I will post new pics of his thumb sometime in the next few days. Thanks for all the comments and question. For those who have been down this road and have posted, thank you thank you thank you! It gives me hope.