Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow…..
I never thought Veronika’s second skin would make such a difference the minute she put it on the first time.
Even though this is her “I’m not to sure about this” face, I was shocked just how straight is makes her stand, and when she is sitting, there is no slouch…..well there is that much support in it, that she has no choice but to stand tall. Maybe it needs a much more suitable name, rather than ‘second skin’. I think Miracle Suit would be more applicable.
The main thing we have noticed since Veronika has had her Miracle Suit include improvement in her posture. This is because she has so much support in her core now. In turn this has caused a major change in the function of Veronika’s left hand. AMAZING how supporting the core of your body, can cause your hand to work in a more natural way! As soon as the Second Skin therapists put Veronika into her suit, they sat her down on a little bench. I held some toys up above her left arm, and she immediately used her left hand to reach for the toys, instead of doing the bilateral right hand across her body.
This week Veronika’s therapists wanted to see her. You can see in the picture below that her left foot is pointing in, so one of her physiotherapists had ordered in some theratogs strapping tape, to strap her left leg into alignment. This is the before photo, but after she strapped her leg, her foot was in pretty much a perfect position(sorry I havent got a picture yet!)
Veronika is using her walking frame so much more. The front wheels are locked so she can’t steer it yet, not until she has much better control going in a straight line. We have been taking the walking frame out with us a lot more, there is a knack to fitting the pram and the walking frame, as well as the boys school bags in the boot of the car!
And again we must say a BIG THANKYOU to TasPorts for flying us to Sydney for Veronika’s 1st appointment to have her assessments and measurements taken for her second skin, and also to Cerebral Palsy Tasmania for funding Veronika’s suit.