Sunday, July 1, 2012

Faith Loves to Walk...check out her new gait trainer

Here Faith is learning to walk in her new Crocodile Gait Trainer.  After the news article in the Detroit Free Press back in February, I received a call from a man in Canada who read the article.  We talked for about an hour and shared a number of things with each other.  He has a 10 year old daughter with Full Trisomy 13 whom he taught to walk.  What was really cool to learn is that she walks unaided...she doesn't even use a walker anymore.  Of course I wanted to know how he did it so he told me.  He suggested that we get a very light weight aluminum walker so Faith would have to learn to control it and walk more normally.  He said heavy walkers cause the user to over compensate and they have a harder time learning to walk properly.  He showed me online that Crocodile is a good one so we asked the good folks at U of M to help us get one.  They were great, and we got the walker about 2 weeks ago.  You can see how much Faith loves to walk.  Now it is a matter of hard work - we need to work with here over and over and over and over and over again so she can learn.

Overall Faith has been doing very well.  We really need to start on a real food blender diet to see if we can get her past some of the gas issues which is really her biggest problem currently.  We are still rejoicing that the bleeding has ended and not come back since February.

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