Saturday, September 12, 2009

Two more videos...

Week Two of Walking- a little "topply" because she can't decide between watching TV and walking. She's able to stand from sitting without assistance or something to pull up on. She is more routinely taking 12-17 steps without falling. She can also stop mid walk and start again to wait for me to move the ventilator to keep up with her.

Laughing at Elmo's World- you can hear the faint airy sound of her laugh past the deflated trach cuff and through the speech valve. There is this scene in one episode that just makes her bust a gut every time. :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

My 3 Year Old is FINALLY a WALKER!

Well, so far we are up to about 17 consecutive steps. Kiera is just making HUGE STRIDES! (Pun definitely intended). It's funny to see a 3 year old walk for the first time. Sometimes it looks like an adult would after a long rehabilitation, and other times she looks like a 3 year old trying to mimic a one year old. I will try to get another video today since she seems to improve every twelve hours. :)

Kiera has a doctor appointment today now that her antibiotics are done. Hopefully, we will get to lower her settings and get back on track with CPAP. I am waiting to hear if I will be offered the Manzano High School job I interviewed for on Wednesday while I am in the process of the State background check for the Youth Correctional Facility teaching job. We'll see what happens.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Best Video of Kiera Walking

Here is the best video of Kiera walking so far, except for the fact that the camera was sideways. :) I taped this today, and it is not an anomaly. This is how she walks most of the time, as long as an obstacle like her SAT cord or the extension cord for the vent doesn't get in her way. One time today she was walking with a play fork in each hand, and I thought, great, next she'll be running with scissors. :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Closer to Walking...

Kiera is recovering from her little cold last week which caused us to go up on her vent rate, stop CPAP trials, and start oral and inhaled antibiotics, steroids, and change some nebs. Don't you love this two-step?

Anyway, today she seemed to suddenly get a different sense of balance than she has had. She took EIGHT very deliberate walking steps from her picnic table to the ottoman. She systematically tests herself here and there, and at the moment, she seems more confident about her walking. Obviously, she still has a long way to go, but I was pretty impressed.