Sunday, May 31, 2015

First Dentist Appointment


Bryan had his first dental appointment this week. 

He did REALLY well - he cooperated for everything including x-rays!

but.....turns out he has EIGHT CAVITIES :(

including THREE teeth that need root canals and crowns :(

This really isn't unusual based on having spent his first 4 years in an orphanage...

but Darren came home with GREAT teeth and we had hoped the same for Bryan.

Oh - my poor sweet Bryan....so much dental work is no fun :(
(I was hoping he might be able to get it taken care of in the hospital - all at once - and where he wouldn't remember it, but it doesn't look like our insurance covers such treatment)

Please pray for Bryan - that he would be in no pain while we get our insurance coverage figured out (he may have to wait until January for treatment)....and that he won't have a negative dental experience.

Bryan just LOVES playing outside!

Did I mention how much I just LOVE this sweet boy?!

Bryan definitely has MY HEART!

 and I thank God daily for opening up my heart/allowing me to LOVE Bryan as my own!

Blessings, Sandy

Saturday, May 23, 2015

BIG Day!


Bryan had his BIG appointment today. The one where he sees his neurologist, physical - medicine - and rehab. doctor, and PT all at the same time. 

And....He ROCKED it!

They were IMPRESSED BY HOW WELL HE IS DOING!!

Although he is still a MYSTERY - they are leaning AWAY from SMA!! and towards polio or another virus that effected his nerves and muscles.

They think he is getting STRONGER!!

They think he is asymmetric - which would again rule OUT SMA!!
(Although they do admit they know almost nothing about Distal SMA which is what they have suspected he has.....)


He WALKED AROUND THE ROOM WITH HIS WALKER - like a BOSS!!

The HOPE in that room was PALPABLE!!

PRAISING GOD FROM WHO ***ALL*** BLESSING FLOW!!!

Bryan starts additional PT in June....Aqua Therapy - how COOL is that?!

Also in June we FINALLY have our appointment with genetics.

Feeling hopeful and resting in the HOPE given by Jesus, Sandy

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mother's Day



Last year I received THE BEST MOTHER'S DAY GIFT *EVER*!!!

This picture - 

of the son we were waiting for, dreaming of, praying for, tackling a mountain of paperwork for....


And THIS YEAR - my first Mother's Day as a MOM to EIGHT blessings!

Blessings, Sandy

Monday, April 27, 2015

Our Sweet Boy!


This boy gives THE BEST snuggles! I get kisses, hugs, and LOTS of love on a daily basis - I am so BLESSED!


Bryan tried this new toy at PT last week. I am not sure what it was called (anyone know?) - but it worked on his core strength (this is all assuming we can build core strength). Bryan's legs had to be tied together so his feet wouldn't fall off. He did really well and had fun riding it!

The PT tested Bryan's quad muscles on his right (weaker) leg. Only two of them responded so she recommends he continue wearing an AFO on his right foot/leg (not a shorter brace) since he tends to walk on the outside of that foot. She gave us an insert to wear in his left shoe. Shoes are still hard - as they have to be HUGE to fit over the AFO (so VERY heavy) and without the AFO he falls off the shoe really unnaturally stretching his ankles.We tend to keep him in slippers (Robeez). 

Bryan continues to take more steps independently each week - but only if he is wearing his slippers. With the AFO and shoe his balance must be off.

Blessings, Sandy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fun Outside!

Bryan's first trip to the park!

He LOVED these spinning cups!


Bryan and Darren had fun on the see-saw!


Bryan had fun digging in the sand - actually he did better than I thought he would do!

And then we had a FEW days of warm weather....so we got to play in our new and improved yard (that the kids say is like a playground now!)


Play Structure (thanks Grandma and Grandpa K.)....with a new slide (thanks Jamma)


 A new sand box - perfect size for two little fellows!


Swings!


And a new disc swing (thanks Jamma!)

Blessings, Sandy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easter and a Wagon!

Bryan has been doing well. He is starting to talk a bit more. This has also lead to a bit more frustration. He knows what he is trying to say....but WE don't always know what he is trying to say. I try and get him to point to what he wants or take me to what he wants, but he just thinks I should KNOW what he is saying. The kids can tell he is getting upset and will start saying "Mom - Bryan is going to cry....he is going to cry...." (We can ALL feel the tension building, but there is NOTHING we can do!) and then the tears come....it is so very sad :( 

Bryan continues to take steps in between furniture, but also crawls enough to put holes in almost all his pants. Thankfully a couple of weeks ago a trip to Salvation Army lead to five new-to-us pairs of pants for $7!


 Bryan finding his FIRST Easter egg!


Bryan coloring his FIRST egg!


We were gifted a FANCY wagon by an agency that helps kids with mobility issues!!
(It was missing the parts to hold on the front two wheels - but nothing a phone call and a waiting a few days couldn't remedy!)


Once the parts arrived we attached the front wheels and then we were off!
(Now we just need a little bit of warm weather!)

Blessings, Sandy

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Stronger?


Bryan's PT is convinced he is getting stronger. She has been seeing him a little less than two months now. She thinks that both his legs and his core strength are increasing.

Two weeks ago she measured Bryan's legs and discovered his left (stronger/dominate) leg is 1 1/2 cm larger in both the calf  and thigh diameter.

Bryan has been taking a few more independent steps - between the chairs and couch or between the table and the island.

.....but then I remember how his PM&R doctor said that Bryan could appear to get stronger - just because he is now moving around more and getting better nutrition - not because he actually doesn't have a degenerative condition.

It is hard NOT to get my HOPES up - and I think that is partly because I *DO* believe that GOD PERFORMS MIRACLES.....I do believe that HE can HEAL BRYAN - so I will continue to PRAY THAT EVERYDAY!


 More play time in the johnny-jump-up type contraption!


 Shooting baskets just like Baba, Alex, and Jason!


 Bryan wasn't that sure about the ball pit. Of course he was hanging more ABOVE it than actually sitting and playing IN it!


Look at those skinny legs!


I love seeing Bryan just walking along :)

Blessings, Sandy