Saturday, October 15, 2011

Six Months Post Rhizotomy

It has been six months since Nina had her rhizotomy (SDR). I can get so frustrated, thinking that we are not making any progress. But the reality is that Nina's body is so different from what it was 6 months ago. It is absolutely incredible!

I have mentioned before that we have seen progress in her fine motor skills, her attention, her cognition. But the difference in her walk and gait, well, those are astounding! So here it is, I will show you before and after pictures. And remember, this is the difference from before the surgery, and now 6 months later. Absolutely incredible!

I want to show you the difference with no braces on, because that is how you can really see what her body is doing and how it has changed.

BEFORE
Her heels could not touch the ground. She was very high on her toes.
 Can her heels be any higher?

AFTER


 Can you believe these are the same feet?
 And she can even tap the floor with her heel! No toes, just heel!

As far as the surgery goes, the scar is hard to see.

BEFORE

AFTER

The following videos, however, make me emotional. The difference in walk and gait is absolutely incredible! Six months, it has been only 6 months!

BEFORE

AFTER

10 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, Ellen -- AMAZING!

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  2. Absolutely amazing...jaw dropping, really. We are all blown away.

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  3. Anonymous12:48 AM

    Oh Ellen!!! She looks WONDERFUL!!! How incredibly beautiful to see the amazing difference in her! She is doing so well! We hope you are enjoying your new home...Morgan asks frequently about dance still. :) Take Care. Watching Nina...made my day..and really made me think about perspective...and everything starts with "babysteps"...but leads to bigger and better things. So happy for all of you! Hugs to you... Stacy and Morgan

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  4. That is truly a beautiful sight! What a difference! Way to go Nina! :)

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  5. If I had a dollar for every time I've said "heels down" I could afford all of Sarah Kate's therapy. :)

    It is amazing to see the progress when you are able to look at it through a long lens, rather than in the day to day. Sarah Kate is still improving, five years post-SDR.

    Hugs to you and your family.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing before and after photos... My daughter Lexi, who is 3 years old will be having SDR on January 6... It is really inspiring and helps with the emotional roller coaster while we wait the 2 months...

    Jacqueline

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  7. It really is soncredible! Thanks for celebrating with us. And JaeJae, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

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  8. Such an encouragement! Our son is scheduled for SDR on Nov 3; your chronicles have been a huge boost for us!

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  9. Thanks for posting this. We are looking into SDR for our daughter and your post really helps give us hope.

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    1. Leslie, it has been almost 2 years and we continue to see improvements!

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