As I have shared here before, Lucy was born with a benign brain cyst which affects motor development on the left side of her body, or hemi-plegia (you can read her diagnosis story HERE).
She attends therapy weekly where she receives LOTS of occupational therapy for her fine motor skills, but her therapist suggested we attend this intense 3 week constraint therapy, as she felt is would be a huge benefit for Lucy.
So, Monday Lucy's "good" right arm was casted from above the elbow to her fingertips. This obviously limits movement and function with that arm, but tells the brain we are using "lefty". She attends camp Monday thru Friday for 3 hours with 3 other children all with varying degrees of hemi-plegia/cerebral palsy.
To be very honest, this is not easy or fun for Lucy, and for me, very hard to watch and not just do everything for her. Lucy has very limited ability with her left hand, hence the term "helper hand", that is exactly all it is for her.
The amazing thing, is that in 3 days I ALREADY see more function with her left hand! She is eating (slowly) with it, gaining mobility and strength...I think at the end of 3 weeks, we will see some amazing results.
This type of therapy causes the brain to work SO hard that she is exhausted at the end of every session and sleeps the whole way home, but WOW is she a little trooper!!
(oh, just showing off her supination skills :)
Today, our sweet friend Delaney came down when we got home from therapy to surprise Lucy with a makeover!!
She did her makeup :)
her hair "chalked" and styled
fingers and toes painted :)
Thank you Delaney for taking the time to make Lucy feel so loved and special!!
So, if you don't mind me asking :) would you say a little prayer for Lucy as she goes through her therapy?