Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Living With a Pinless Halo: walking

Since Abby is in a very rigid head and trunk brace, she is unable to move her head or bend anything above the waist.  This makes walking rather tricky, since she can't survey her environment. Anything on the floor is a potential hazard, which means we have to be very careful about clearing the way for her.  Matt and I have talked about some more changes that need to be made at our house, and we have begun talking to Caleb about the necessity  of him picking up his toys and shoes.  

We haven't attempted changes in terrain yet, but we know that it will be a challenge when she can't see it.  We are teaching her how to feel with her feet as a way to prepare her for this.  

School will be a real challenge, since we have no control over that environment.  But thankfully, her wonderful one-on-one will be watching out for her.  Still, there's only so much she can control in a class of unpredictable kindergarteners.  

It will be interesting to see how the coming weeks unfold with this!

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