We went to our appointment yesterday at the prosthetic clinic. It is at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital here in Toronto. It is the largest kids rehab centre in Canada, and its prosthetics department is world renowned. They make everything onsite (other than what is commercially available and ordered), and have amazing facilities. We are so lucky to have access to this kind of support.
They were thrilled with Audrey! They did a full developmental assessment, and she is right on track, even a bit advanced in a few areas. They loved how strong she is, how well she holds her head, bears weight on her legs etc. They were most pleased though with her little arm and how she uses it. The range of motion, the muscle mass, the way she moves is in coordination with her full arm. They don't forsee any issues at all with prosthesis fitting. And of course, she charmed the pants off them with her smiles and coos. They answered all our questions, and gave us some exercises to do with her to help encourage the little arm to continue to be strong and her to use it. Things I didn't think of, like encouraging her to try to reach for toys with it, even though she can't actually grab anything with it. Good tips for tummy time too, as she tends to pull the little arm down and back, and we want it up and forward with her bearing some weight on it.
We left feeling really positive about everything. We need to get some x-rays done in the new year, just to confirm that her shoulder is normal (they said it feels fine, but we don't want any surprises when it comes time to cast for prosthesis). We go back to meet with the OT again on Jan 19 (Hailey's 3rd b-day) for a follow up, and then meet with the orthopedic surgeon from Sick Kids on Feb 27th. He's the one that does the paperwork saying she qualifies for an adaptive device and gets into the Ontario Adaptive Devices Program which is part of our provincial health care system, and covers 75% of the cost. SHe will get casted for her first helper arm likely first week in March.
Here are some pics of my gorgeous baby (oh, and some of the rest of my fab family too!)
Audrey and her little arm
H and A under the play gym "Look mummy I'm holding her hand!"
Hailey entertaining her little sister (excuse the mess behind them!)
The loves of my life (including the dog!)
Thank you for all your support ladies!!
Your girls are beautiful!
How awesome that you have access to such great facilities right in town there. Perfect!
Glad Audrey is developing just as she should. Keep up the good work, mama!