Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Progress

First I want to make a note that Katya has decided that she wants to be called Mariah. We are still calling her Katya and Mariah or Mariah Katya. Its hard for us to switch names after calling her Katya so long! As a result, I may call her either Katya, Mariah, or Mariah Katya on my blog as that's what we're calling her here at home.


I also wanted to put a few pictures up here to show the progress she's made with her walking. When she first got her AFOs, she couldn't put her feet all the way down, especially her right foot. We've really worked on stretching WITH the AFO's on as well as a set of knee imobilizers the therapist gave us. Stretching with the equipment on has really helped her flexibility in the areas that really need it. She also is sleeping in at least one knee imobilizer at night, usually on the tighter leg. This results in a much more limber leg in the morning. She really doesn't fuss too much about it. At first she didn't like having two on at a time because she couldn't turn over in bed very well, but just one doesn't seem to bother her.






This picture and the one above are of the day after she got her AFOs.











Here is a picture of her standing in her walker today with BOTH feet flat and her right knee slightly turned inward.
















Also just a little side note. We bought tennis shoes to go with the AFOs but these little cheap croc knockoffs from Wal-Mart are much easier to put on and take off. They're also great because she likes to go outside and scrounge around in the yard, on the patio, and in the sandbox which results in dirty shoes. With these, it doesn't matter! We just bought one size bigger to accomodate the AFOs. Mariah loves them!

3 comments:

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

Way to go, Mariah Katya!

Gary and Tina said...

Erin,

This is awesome. She is so beautiful. Love following your journey.

Tina

Zack & Jenn said...

Awesome, Mariah - making such wonderful progress!!



We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson

 

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