At 1 Year Annie was standing and holding on all by herself!
At Age 2 Annie was able to "walk" with a toy
and eventually a walker
And we started persuing intensive therapy programs
At age 3 Annie started using the theratog suit
And hard days
At age 4 we were able to fund intensive therapy and started the universal exercise unit and therasuit which helped Annie gain much needed skills and some pretty substantial muscle tone:
We then started the Lokomat - an intensive therapy that helped Annie start to bend her knees and gain stamina:
At age 5 Annie was able to get out of her chair and walk with assistance around a public place (like Chuck E Cheese!)
Annie continued to work on transitions and walking weekly during physical therapy at Beaumont.
We held Annie when she needed to be held,
and pushed her when she needed to be in her chair,
and helped her up when she wanted to be on her feet,
We will continue to cheer her efforts to walking independently but we will NEVER be too far to lend a hand whenever she needs someone to lean on!
2011 Annie is now 6 years old, she is back on the Lokomat and will start another round of intensive therapy using the universal exercise unit in July.
Here is Annie walking today!
Annie we love you so much and have been blessed to be a part of your road to independence. We pray and believe that you will be walking on your own soon but if that is not what God has planned we will spend the rest of our lives happily guiding you on the path that is chosen for you. We love you beyond measure! Daddy, Mommy, James and Gracie!
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 4o:31