Thursday, September 11, 2008

Water Therapy...fun?





Today was Leah's first day of water PT. I really had high hopes that she was going to love it...yeah, not so much. In fact she screamed about 98% of the time. We arrived at the pool--Leah in her bikini--and Lisa the therapist took Leah into the water. Literally the second she hit the water the tears came pouring out! Lisa asked me to sit at the edge of the pool, so I did. Leah still screamed! Lisa asked me to step out, to see if then she would calm down. So, I did and she continued to scream. I spent the rest of the 45 minute session standing outside watching my baby cry in the pool. She did calm down every once in awhile, but it always ended with tears. It was not enjoyable for me to watch her be so upset, but I want this therapy to work. I know that in time she will really love water therapy. She loves the water, I just think it was the new environment and new people. Next week, I will get in the water with her, we will see how it goes!


P.S. Does anyone come around here anymore?? Let me know your visiting! I'd love to hear from you! :)

5 comments:

Kristy said...

I visit, but don't leave comments. Sorry she didn't like her class today but I'm sure as you said she will get used to it.

Erin said...

Hey Amanda,

I am sorry Leah didn't like the water. Sean didn't at first either but he has warmed up to it a lot. Sean does OT in water though, it could be the things she has to do in the water. I know Sean gets upset if he moves to fast or feels unbalanced. SO to work on those things we do those in the middle depending on how the session is going or at the end:) I also tried going in with him, but he just wanted me the whole time so now I only go in about once a month and try to keep my distance but still be able to see what they are doing so that I can work on it when we go to the pool. I hope next week goes better for you and Leah. Congrats on the date below too. I can't wait to see you all again for the walk!

Erin

Amanda said...

Kristy--Thanks for stopping by and checking in on Leah!!

Erin--From what I understand the water OT and water PT are very similar (if not the same). I guess we are just calling it water PT, because the therapist is a physical therapist! The PT will be focusing on her arm too though! I think Leah will be the same way as Sean when I am in the water--I honestly don't think it is going to help much, but we will give it a try. I'm pretty sure I am going to end up watching from the other room!

North Dakota Ward's said...

Hey girl you know I am always on here checking in on you guys. Sorry water therapy wasn't great today. I need to ask about water therapy for Sammy too!

therextras said...

Truthfully, I haven't been by in while, but I'm sure you're right that people are checking on you and Leah.

It's so hard to watch a baby cry through treatment. It's a judgment call for both the therapist and the Mom. Good for you for giving it another try.

By getting the casting - you are receiving the latest proven techniques to help Leah. I'm very impressed. Barbara