Friday, October 31, 2008

Yes, we are still alive

To those of you who are still reading and checking in on our world, we are still alive. Sorry so long between posts, it's just been a pretty tough month for us. Lots of changes and not all for the good. More about that maybe later...

But, there are some really cool positive changes also. Especially with Makenna. We have been going to Sensory Integration Therapy with her every Tuesday and Thursday since completing the two week(every day) intensive program that we completed in early September. They said that we would see some improvements and 1 month after starting treatment and then again at three months. And, I am happy to report that so far we are definitely seeing small, positive changes.

One of the most exciting things is to see her changing in her ability to focus and organize enough to complete daily tasks that she couldn't prior to therapy. Simple little things that other take for granted, and that we didn't realize we compensated for until now. A little thing like actually asking to color. Makenna has NEVER asked to color before, and had no interest in it because it meant she would have to sit still. She actually asked to color and drew an organized picture of a rainbow versus the normal scribbling she would do. It brought me to tears--I was SOOOO happy for her. Another little thing is that she is finally starting to have an interest in learning how to write her name, and is starting to recognize more letters. Before we started therapy she recognized none, and now she can write most of her name. It's so cool to see.

Another big area of advancement is learning to calm herself and realizing that she can get out of control. She still does it, but it is easier for her to recognize it and ask for help, or allow us to help her to get back under control. That is huge! Her frustration level has subsided some and she is willing to attempt more things by herself. It really is amazing at all of the aspects that it touches.

The only downside is that it has been a lot to keep up with, and work, and all that comes with everyday life. We are gone everyday that I have off, and we just haven't had much time to breathe(with the exception of our little camping/volunteering excursion-pics to come soon). I look forward to settling into winter, and hope that when they retest her in December that they will decrease the # of times that we have to go, or say we are done altogether. I look forward to spending time at home--snuggled with my family, which is now stronger than ever. I look forward to having time to just be.

To those who are still reading and worrying and carrying about us-you know who you are--thank you!


Nancy said...

Missed hearing from you. Thank you for sharing Makenna's progress. It sounds like therapy is really helping.

rebekah said...

I'm still reading! Hope you're well.

Christina said...

Still reading here, too. Glad to hear that Makenna is benefiting from her therapy sessions!

Kerry and Tom said...

Kari its sooooo good to hear from you. We miss you all so much.
The boys miss their roommate :)
So glad to hear the therapy is helping!!!

hope to see you in december

cathy said...

I'm so glad you're seeing progress!!! Hope you feel less stressed in the next few weeks.

The Four of Us said...

Kari, I actually have a question for you. How did you come about having the testing for this disorder and do they do this everywhere? I'm asking because I have one dd who just might need to be tested. Thanx. deborah

P.S. I'm so happy for you all, that you've found the key to unlocking the door to progress!

Heather & Adam said...

We love you and are so glad to hear from you! Makenna's progress is amazing. Hope winter brings some calm for you. <3

Heather said...

I was really starting to worry!
I am happy to hear of Kenna's progress. Can I call and chat sometime this week?! I miss you!


Melanie said...

I'm a little behind myself...but I am of course still reading!!!!! I miss your posts and pictures!!!!