Tuesday, October 26, 2010


You know how something happens to your car the month after you pay it off? Or you take the lasagna out of the oven just as the husband walks through the door to take you to dinner?

A couple of weeks ago, Esther-Faith started taking tentative steps with forearm crutches instead of her walker while the PT followed holding on to her waist. We really never thought she would get there. She HATED those forearm crutches for the longest time.

A couple of days later, we ordered her new KAFOs. They are coming with a removable waistband and twister cables. We'll put those on when she gets tired, but mostly, she'll use the KAFOs.

And then, she started walking with the crutches by herself. We were ECSTATIC! It was just a few steps at a time. Maybe across the room. And the walking was painfully slow. We bribed her.

And then last Sunday, she woke up and announced that she no longer needed her walker. She really wanted the "I'm walking with only crutches" dress that we bought, and she decided that Sunday was the day.

So, she walked with just the forearm crutches all day on Sunday. All over church. At home. Outside. Inside. All over. Sure, it was slow, but she was doing it--and it was her idea.

And that Sunday afternoon at her brother's soccer game, her braces broke. Literally broke in half.

And for the last week and a half, she's been rolling only.

Many times under duress. She isn't a big fan of rolling only. She wants her braces back. We pick the new ones up tomorrow.

I hope she doesn't forget how much she wanted to use those crutches!!

by Karin.
 (from the HennHouse)


Mom of The Fields Five said...

I have tears in my eyes...Esther-Faith is a true champion!

Joanna (and David) said...

Way to go Esther-Faith! She is going to do things in her time isn't she?! :) Gotta love our independent, strong, determined children. :)

Summers Family said...

Great news about her awesome progress! Bummer about the braces. I hope all goes well after you pick them up tomorrow.

Ashley's Mom said...

Wonderful news! My Ronnie is just beginning the journey with his braces. The therapist wants to try forearm cruches next week during our session, but I think it might be a bit early.

Ronnie just wants to be able to stand up and 'dance' for the school prom at the end of the year!