mr. ryan

This past Friday we took Ryan back to the physiatrist for a follow up visit.  Our main reason for the follow up was to discuss some equipment that our therapists have mentioned would be beneficial to Ryan's development.  Before I move on, this is Ryan in the waiting room.  I can't believe how big he looks in photos.  It always shocks me, but he is almost two so I really need to get off the baby bandwagon.

For some reason, Ryan hate, hate, hates this doctor.  Of all the people who are involved in his care, Dr. Sukhov is seriously the least invasive (no shots, no exams of his ears or throat, etc) but for some reason Ryan screams bloody murder whenever he comes close.  Poor doctor.  Anyway, we discussed where Ryan is with his major milestones, what he can and cannot do, and where we are with his therapy.  I was pleased to report that Ryan has made some major progress in his gross motor skills and Dr. Sukhov was happy to hear it.  

In the last 6 months, Ryan has gone from a child who was essentially immobile, to this: (He likes to scoot around rotate oh his little booty to get to where he wants to go)

Ryan can also roll (he needs assistance from back to belly, but belly to back is all on his own) and can transition to sitting from lying down.

Most recently though, Ryan has surprised us all by bearing weight on his legs.  In the past, when we would try to stand him up, his knees would buckle.  Now he is able to stand (with our support) for up to a minute at a time.  He is getting better every day. 

All of these important milestones are closely intertwined with our next steps in Ryan's treatment.  At this point, Ryan is ready for some equipment that will aid him in learning how to use his body properly.  And most importantly, these are the tools that he needs in order to one day walk.  This is going to be a bit of a process, with insurance approvals and what-not, but in the next few months Ryan will be getting a stander (a machine that will get him used to bearing weight on his legs for long periods of time) and two types of legs braces.  One pair is to be worn only when he sleeps.  The other pair will be used during his therapy for now.  There are many different types of standers and leg braces out there, and I'm not sure exactly what kind we will be getting.  Once we get further along in the process I will post some more about it.  

But for now we are excited for our little boy.  Giving him the tools he needs to succeed in life is what we are here to do.  And this equipment will ultimately get him there.  

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