Tuesday, March 20, 2012

And it's gone

We were so happy to say goodbye to the cast on Sunday. It's been a long three weeks. Jack tolerated the increase in therapy, but overall, was in a really bad mood during this time. He missed the use of his functional hand (who wouldn't?). Outside of therapy and encouraging him to use his left hand while we were at home, he spent lots of time wandering around the house, longingly looking at all the toys he couldn't play with. That part broke my heart. 

But... but! We saw progress. And that was cool to see. Along with everything I already mentioned on here, at our last OT therapy appointment, Jack actually picked a toy up with his left hand. I don't know if he will do that again anytime soon, but that, in and of itself, was huge.

The jury is still out on the long-term effects of Constraint Induced Therapy for Jack. Some say you have to do casting every few months to see big improvement. We will have to make that decision when the time comes. For now, we are just thankful for an increase in the overall awareness of his left side. 

The type of cast they put on was very easy to remove. Just start unraveling! 

Jack was totally confused/happy at this part.

And... it's off!

Judging by the look on his face, his arm must have felt so weird.

After a quick bath (goodbye stinky cast!), Jack really started to stretch and move his arm and hand.

And then, right back to his favorite things. It's been a great couple of days. Jack is very content playing with his toys and reading his books.

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Aidan and Evanna said...

he looks confused, he must be happy now!

amy said...

Precious pictures!

Michelle said...

He looks so excited about his right hand being free again. Glad you guys saw some improvement. Cute pictures!

Stacey said...

Our Makayla gets her cast 4/6/12 for 2 weeks. She is 27 months old. It will be one that can come off for baths and bed time. We have mixed feelings as well. She currently wears a McKie splint and does botox. Thanks for sharing Jack's experience!
Stacey, WI