Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Tomorrow is the day

I can't believe tomorrow is almost here! These past few days I have kept pretty busy and have rarely thought about the casting. I mostly think about it at night, right before I fall asleep, I lay there just overtaken with emotion. I let the tears run down my face as I pray to God for guidance, I pray that this process helps Leah and that all my fears will be swept away shortly after having the cast placed on. I pray that Leah doesn't remember these struggles, but that either way she always powers on and never gives up. I believe that God is good and that He won't give us more then we can handle. I believe that Avi and I are strong enough to handle this, but most importantly I believe Leah is strong enough to handle this. Please keep Leah in your thoughts as we go through this process and if you pray, please add in a little prayer for Leah. :)

Because I don't know that I'll have time to post tomorrow before the casting, I'd like to make a list of things Leah can do now. Just a week or two ago, I asked Keira (See Keira's Blog, on the right side of the blog) what advice she has for us and she said document everything. So, I plan on writing daily here and coming back in the future to check Leah's progress. Some of the things below are going to be obvious, but I still want to document them either way.

Pre-Casting, what can Leah do?

*Sit without support--excellent balance.
*Transition to sit on right side (90% of the time)
*Transition to sit on left side (10% of the time)
*Four-point Crawl
*Play in four point with right hand, while being help up by left
*Pull to standing
*Play in standing with right, while being help up by left
*Pull to stand on flat surfaces (i.e. refrigerator)
*Walk behind a push toy-very slowly
*Cruise- Slow, easier to go to the right
*Stand on own for approx. 45 seconds
*Eat by herself, with right hand
*Wave, blow kisses, point,"talk on the phone", with right hand
*Uses left hand in an assistance manner when needed (This is new and very exciting!)
*In the past week has tried to pass something over to left hand(also new and exciting!)
*Will put food to her mouth with left hand, if placed in hand. Needs help with suppination

I will hopefully update tomorrow night. The cast goes on at 3:00pm Central time! Wish us luck!


Erin said...

Amanda, I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you guys today. I hope all goes well. Keeps us posted.