Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Winner, Some CP Stuff, and Some Sewing Stuff

I want to thank everyone for their participation in my fun little giveaway for a t-shirt. I ended up entering everyone who commented at that post because it was too much to separate them out (sometimes I get a bit lazy when it comes to administrative work).

Anyways, long story short, Swistle is the winner! In all my giveaways (the three million I've done, ha!) I have NEVER EVER seen the random number generator generate 1. So, it seems to be sort of an anomaly. I'm always hesitant to enter giveaways as the first one because of that very reason. Anyways, I've been proven wrong.

Ok, so one to some CP stuff. Darsie's physical therapist has decided that now is the time for Darsie to go to the Pediatric Rehabilitative doctor for a consultation that will most likely result in either Botox injections in her foot, serial casting of her foot (where her foot is casted into the correct position for extended periods of time), or a combination of the two. We have an appointment lined up for mid-October but it is a bit nerve wracking. She currently twists her foot in pretty good and walks on the exterior edge of it rather than how you or I walk. If we can correct it now and keep it corrected, we can hopefully avoid surgery down the road or at the very least, push it out as far as possible.

Elise (no CP but this is still motor related) is doing really well these days. She is receiving occupational therapy once a week and is scooching on her butt still. I've seen her pull up to standing a couple times now and is really gaining a lot of strength. She is going to the local Early Intervention play group once a week and she is a hoot. She is the loudest and eats the most. Such a delicate girl.

Ok, and on to some sewing stuff.

We bought some rocking chairs for our front porch a couple of weeks ago and the black looked a bit stark against the gray-green of the house. So, I took two pillows that are on our boat (it came without about 10 throw pillows...all really ugly and weird colors) and recovered them. I used an envelope cover so if we decide to change the covers, it is easy to do so. I just used some fabric that I already had in my stash and they seriously took about ten minutes to do. So easy.

If anybody is interested in a tutorial, just holler.

I also sewed up this little pouch this morning. My purse is huge and it gets cluttered very quickly, so I though that perhaps some little pouches would help alleviate that problem. Cute, huh? It is lined in red cotton so it is a little snazzy inside.

Now I just need to get on my Christmas list. Ugh.


Joy said...

My 4 year old daughter has mild cp as well and she has worn an afo for years but still manages to walk on her tip toe on her right side. She has has botox twice before and it didn't do much for her (not to say that it won't for your daughter because everyone is different). My daughter has been through serial casting once before (6 months ago) and the effect was amazing. she was so loose but unfortunately after a while ended up back on her toe. She is now in another one for 6 weeks to stretch her out again. I am hoping as she gets older, she will need it less and less but we are trying to avoid surgery as well. Good luck at your doctor's appointment and let me know if you need any advice :-)


Pickles and Dimes said...

I hope everything goes well with Darsie's consultation.

Yes, yes, yes to the pillow tutorial, please!

Katy said...

Hmmmmm. . . well I think we all want to avoid surgery if we can! Let's hope they can find an answer.

I think you did a great job on the pillows. The colors really bring the whole look together.

I use a pouch to hold everything. That way, if I need to switch purses, I just grab the pouch and go.

Swistle said...

Oh yay! I LOVE your stuff. I'm always surprised by it---like, how did you know to DO that? to put THAT with THIS? Artistic people baffle and amaze me!

I would be nervous about the foot appointment, too. So hard to know what to do. It sounds like there are good options.

Nowheymama said...

Such cute stuff!

Please keep us posted on the girls.

Anonymous said...

Megan has right hemiplegia, she is 5 and a half now and after 3 lots of botox (starting age 2.5) her body has grown immune to it, and she is back to walking right on the outer edge of her foot, and the foot had developed a bump on the side. She wears and AFO for all of her waking hours. We have not yet had serial casting suggested. We are seeing a specialist in London in January for gait analysis to see what the options are and to put off corrective surgery for as long as possible! All this aside, she manages very well and always finds her own way to do things!
We are hoping that the new Paediatrician comes up with a good idea, as we are not keen on the idea of muscle relaxant drugs or surgery!!
She is having her tonsils out tomorrow which is worrying me just as much as all her previous surgeries!! Kids really do know how to freak you out!!
Hope all goes well with the botox, as it can really work wonders! We found it gave a great window of opportunity for extra stretches and exercises.
Sending our best wishes to you all.
Tony, Abi, Megan and Emily, in UK.

Laura said...

I so would love to have you as my next door neighbor to help spiff up my soon to be listed house with your amazing talents. I am so happy that the girls are doing well.

Shelly said...

I just found your blog and am interested in hearing more about your daughter with CP. It sounds like she walks like I do. (I am 39 years old with CP). When I was around 7, I wore night braces attached at the heals to keep my feet pointed out when I slept. To my recollection, I do not remember it helping. The older I get, the harder it is for me to 'walk straight'. How old is your daughter?

Sarah said...

I love those front porch rockers. We currently have wicker (!) chairs on our front porch, hand me downs from my parents, and I would love to switch to rocking chairs! With coordinating pillows!