Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas 2013 and an Orthotic Change

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our blog readers!  Our December was event-filled and will always be this way.  In December we celebrated John's 31st birthday, Anica's 3rd birthday, and Drexler's 1st birthday.  We also had our annual Pokagon winter vacation and had a wonderful Christmas week celebrating with both sides of our family.  Mikan got a plethora of calendars and washable markers, Anica's favorite gift was paint, and Drexler liked his squeezable fruit and veggie pouches.

Last week I took Mikan to visit his physiatrist.  She was pleased with how Mikan has kept good range in his ankles, so she said that further Botox wasn't necessary.  We were happy to hear this because we weren't planning on continuing the Botox due to his marked gross motor slide back directly following his first round of injections this summer.  Hopefully we can keep him loose enough to avoid the necessity of this treatment in the near future.

Additionally, she said Mikan's left foot appears to have enough "active" range, that she has ordered him to downgrade to an SMO on that side.  So he will wear an SMO (orthotic that rises just above his ankle) on one foot and his regular AFO on the right side.  Mikan is excited about ordering new orthotics because he can pick his pattern.  He said he wants the months of the year on one foot and the days of the week on the other one.

Mikan's school holiday party, making ornaments.

Mikan tasting some of the treats he used to make his gingerbread house with his ABA therapist

Snooping on Christmas Eve with his cousins

Reading the note from Santa that points out his "nice" and "naughty" highlights of 2013

Christmas morning breakfast

Drexler's birthday donut

Drexler running to laps instead of opening presents

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