Today was Allie's first OT session since the new IFSP and I was thrilled that we jumped right into the new plans. I am happy to report that after one OT session and about 500 hand washing sessions throughout the day, Allie is an independent soap pumper! It is amazing how much I never thought about how integral two-handed operations are in daily life. Allie has opened my eyes in so many ways.
|Look at that soap!|
|I can't wait to do this at school!|
There was a moment today that may have swayed me in the Botox debate more than I would like to admit. Allie and I were in a store and I was walking towards the cash register with Allie about 10 feet behind me happily carrying a brochure in each hand. The cashier was watching us walk up and she rather loudly said "What's wrong with her leg?" I was a little shocked and naively asked "What do you mean?" She said "She's all like this..." and she limped around the cash register area and a couple of the other nearby customers stopped to observe. I matter-of-factly and with a smile told her that Allie had cerebral palsy because she had a stroke. The woman just said "OK" and we rang up our stuff and left. I don't think the woman meant it to be mean; I think she just had no idea. Still, I think we owe it to Allie to at least try to help lessen the limp if we can so that she doesn't have to deal with quite so many ignorant people later.
We'll be arranging an appointment with her two PM&R doctors and maybe her PT to discuss the possibility of maybe doing Botox on Allie's calf and hand.