M had Botox injections on May 8th, followed by 2 weeks of casting. She had her casts removed last week and received her new bilateral, articulated (hinged) AFOs. Here is a video of her walking exactly one week after having her casts removed!
And Walking Inside.
I asked her to walk slowly and carefully because she tends to go TOO fast.
Just for reference, here is a video of M six months ago in November 2012.
M started taking Colloidal Mineral Supplements through the Preemie Growth Project approximately 8 months ago. Her progress cannot be attributed solely to these mineral supplements because she goes to weekly PT (who is amazing btw) and just received Botox Injections and casting for two weeks, BUT keep in mind that she received NO treatment while she was in an orphanage in Ukraine for 4 1/2 years. I feel that for some things, her body would still need the extra help even if spasticity was suddenly completely removed. So far, we have been able to avoid the need for any surgical intervention to prevent bone or joint damage. She also takes several natural supplements including Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Fish Oil, Ginko, Probiotics, and Vitamin D3.
We have been amazed at how much the minerals have not just helped relieve some of her spasticity, but they have helped her gain weight, gain height (4 inches in 8 months), and finally grow a healthy head of thick, shiny hair!
Look at her from the start of the school year to the end!
The stools are different heights so you can't take that into account, but what I noticed the most was her posture and size. Wy who is my typical bio is in the same class and grew only half as much as she did during the year, measured on the same scales for height and weight.
And just because I like to remember how so very far she has come, here is a video of her during one of our visits to her orphanage. She's wearing my coat because she thought it was fun to dress up :) I had to completely support her for her to even be able to stand.