Each day, Ian's therapy starts around 9:30 a.m., with a session each of speech, physical and occupational. Speech works on stimulating his face and his mouth and is geared toward teaching him to swallow food and to communicate with his voice. Occupational works on range of motion with his arms. Physical works on range of motion with his legs and on wound care.
In the afternoon, Ian spends at least two hours in his chair, as well as three sessions of therapy again. Physical and occupational work together in the afternoon and sit him on what they call the mat, which is basically a big, hard bed. They sit him on the edge of the bed where he is gaining strength in holding his head up and is just getting used to the feel of sitting. Since the good news on his knee, physical therapy is working toward putting him in a standing box.
We continue to be surrounded by a very encouraging staff who keep telling us that they know Ian is in there. They often say how good he looks and that his face seems to be filling out. They are all working to hard to help Ian. We are reminded every time we go into Children's of how underserving we are to be in a facility like that. God is so kind to us.
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