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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A great day of therapies

As not-great as last week's PT session went, that's how great today's was. Raya's PT brought her 2 little girls with her and they were the PERFECT distraction for Raya. Her little leg muscles were like rocks today and she really needed some good soft tissue work on them, which she normally doesn't like very much. Today she did great since she had people there to watch. :) She was in a great mood and didn't cry once, which also doesn't happen very often. She usually has a meltdown at some point during her session.
She had a pretty good day all the way around today. I switched out her usual oatmeal & raisins for cream of wheat & raisins and she seemed to like it better. I can't say that I blame her. :) Cream of wheat is much less glue-like. :) After PT she had a nap and then woke up ready for her feeding therapy session. We saw our new therapist today (we alternate between 2 therapists every week now) and this time went much better. I was having a hard time with a couple of the things she had talked about doing the last couple times we met but we talked more about our plan of action today and she answered some of my questions and I'm feeling a lot better about it. She brought me some handouts with information about how to boost the calories in her food, what types of foods go with each stage of oral development (she is currently somewhere around the 10 month old range), and how to help her exercise her mouth. Lots of good info. :)
While her therapist was here, she gave Raya a piece of biscotti to gnaw on, but instead of just gnawing on it, she kept biting off chunks and eventually chewing and swallowing them. By the time our session was over, she had eaten the whole thing and was very proud of herself. :) Later, she told her daddy, "Cracker! Teeth!"
We talked about what our next steps & goals should be and her therapist is very excited to see what happens in the next 2 weeks when she comes back next. I am too, I just know it's going to be a lot of work for me. :)

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