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Friday, March 9, 2007

You're Invited!

Man, it’s been a roller coaster of a week! As many of you read, a few days ago, I was pretty bummed about Ellie’s development, and threw myself a fancy dancy pity party. TODAY, thankfully, I’m throwing a very different party and you are ALL invited! I’ll even supply the pom poms!

We went to pick up Ellie’s custom pommel walker this morning. We’ve been waiting for it for nearly five months now. As we made our way into Winnipeg, I found myself refereeing between my heart and my head. I wanted so badly to be hopeful about this new device, but at the same time, wanted to guard myself against disappointment. As many of you know, that’s pretty much the story of my life these days.

Thank our good God that my expectations proved to be too low this time ‘round! We placed Ellie into her new walker, said, “Take a step, sweetie”, and off she went! Well, maybe that’s embellishing a bit, as she didn’t just zip to the other end of the room, but one foot went in front of the other and she WALKED. She took a dozen or so really nice steps, and enjoyed it! That alone is a first (she hated her other walker because it required her to hang on to handle bars, and she likes to have her hands free to PLAY)!

This afternoon, after we got home and Ellie had a decent snooze, we put her back into her walker, and I got even more excited! She, again, took quite a few excellent steps, and then she STOOD, with her own strength, in it for about half an hour. I had no idea she possessed that kind of stamina. If she’s able to stand and walk like that today, after owning this walker for a couple of hours, what will she be able to do in a few months’ time?! Eeeeek!

I realize that she has a long, long way to go. But, today, I am putting my fears of disappointment into the penalty box. Today I have unfailing hope. My daughter ROCKS!


Sunny said...

Oh she for sure ROCKS!!! I am so stinking proud of her! I LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of her and you! Love you!!


snapshots said...

Oh, this is awesome!!! I had a student in my class with a 'walker' like this (we called it her 'hoopla') and man, did she tork around and feel so much freedom when she was in it compared to when she was in her 'cruiser' (wheelchair). Absolutely love the 'free' look on Ellie's face.