He was fitted for his wheelchair several months ago, before he got sick. It was ready while he was in the hospital and we picked it up 3 weeks ago when he had his first x-ray after hospital release. He's been a wheeling maniac ever since! He loves it! It's moved him to a whole new level of independence! And it's been heartwarming to watch him grow in self-confidence and be so proud of his new skills. And he's pretty amazing in it! When we were at the imaging center, the very first day he had it, he wheeled himself all over the place with skill. I would warn him about a wall or a door, but for the most part he would sense these things for himself and ease up to them. He would bump them ever-so-slightly with his chair, then take off and remember where it was and never hit it again. Amazing. It was actually quite intriguing to watch. The only time he has trouble in it is when he gets to playing and going fast he is likely to bump into someone that he won't see and doesn't have the time (or presence of mind) to sense. We're still working on that. ;)
For the last 3 weeks, his 3 favorite things are: getting his OWN drink, washing his hands BY HIMSELF, and brushing his teeth WITHOUT HELP. My heart is full.
But it gets even more amazing. For as long as I can remember, we've carried him from the house to the car. We had steps outside our door that he couldn't manage without crawling, so we just carried him. Of course, we carried his KidWalk to the car as well, but it just isn't practical at such a short distance to carry him down the steps, put him in the KidWalk, walk 10 or 20 steps to the car, take him out of the KidWalk, put him in the car, take the KidWalk apart and load it in the van. And if you know our family, you know we're pretty much always running behind. :) Anyway, we carried him. But Saturday some of our dear, sweet friends brought over and installed a wheelchair ramp. Mike and Brady took the steps off the porch, but left the platform and it fit like a perfect puzzle piece, like it was MADE to fit there. Amazing. God is amazing!
|Unloading from truck|
|Sweet Anna oversees the project|
|Setting in place|
William's finished ramp. He's still learning the "down" part, but totally has the "up" mastered!
|The finished project|