Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

His Braces Came!!!

When Mike first started rehab...one of the first questions was..."is your goal to be able to walk in braces?" We were both a little confused by the question...just because the obvious response was..."no...my goal is to be able to walk...period...no braces!" But as time went on we finally came to the realization that there was no way around it...and that actually it would be a great thing to be able to use braces...especially if they were an aid to walking...better and better! So...we actually started the process late in ordering the braces...just because we didn't know if they'd be covered by medicaid...and if Mike would actually end up using them...a wheelchair is so much faster. But after the decision was made...things started to fall into place...and a few months later...Mike was being fit for braces...and they came on Friday!



The leg braces are custom fit for Michael's legs...worth somewhere around $6,000. But by a small ...actually large miracle they were covered by medicaid and Vocational Rehab! We went in Friday...and met with the makers for over 4 hours. During that time they fit them on Mikes legs...refit them...changed the the plastics...the screws...and then bought wider shoes...and finally...they fit! Mike was able to pull himself up using the parallel bars.He walked up and down from end to end a few times. Granted it was slow and tedious...and required a lot of cheating...but he did it...and boy did he look good...good and tall! He kept teasing everyone in the room about how short we all looked...yeah it didn't take him long to get readjusted to his old height! There is going to be a huge learning curve...things and he'll have to work slowly into them. But...there is a lot of hope in the air...and evidence of the power of God! Just one day at a time.

...can anyone see Brody?

Friday, February 6, 2009

Brody's Dance Class...101

We just wanted to send a little thank you to all those who posted "Elf Your Self" movies. Like most three year olds...our son Brody got such a kick of them...in fact...dancing to these movies quickly became a more then daily routine...we invite you to observe...

PS You'll want to pause the music on our blog to hear it...