Brigid has had an eventful week filled with a couple of fun outings. Last Thursday she got to go on a trip to the Boston Aquarium, where we got to see some penguins, seals, turtles, and various other kinds of sea life! Today, Brigid got to go apple-picking! It was a perfect, beautiful fall day for a fun fall activity. Later this week in OT, Brigid will be making some apple pie with the apples she picked!
Sorry for not updating the site more frequently.
Today was a very busy day for Brigid! In PT this morning she was working on standing up! She was very successful, and stood up about 8 times. Assistance is obviously needed, but she is getting stronger, and can pull herself up mostly by herself. She used her left arm to grab onto a chair or a table to help support herself, since her right side is still weak. It was great to see Brigid on her feet!! She also got a visit from her cousins, Caleigh and Cameron! It was a nice twin get together, filled with nail painting and other fun! Overall, Brigid has been making great improvement, and we are all very impressed with her determination and strength. Here are some photos from the day:
Over the past few weeks, Brigid’s been improving quicker than ever. Many new things have come, such as putting on her own lotion, straightening out her head, looking side to side, waving, and many more encouraging things. Brig has also been challenging her parents in Connect Four and card games like UNO, along with memory matching games and puzzles on her iPad. The Yes/No buttons have been working well for her, as she’s able to answer with them to communicate. PT is working with her on sitting and leaning left and right, rolling on to her side, as well as having her close to a standing position on a turn table, while working with her there. She’s also been doing more painting and drawing, and even some play dough making. B’s working so hard and it’s totally paying off! We can’t wait to see what amazing things she’ll do next 🙂
Brigid’s inner artist is showing once again. In her spare time she painted a wonderful flower with water colors! Brigid is continuing to do very well in all of her therapy sessions. Movement on her left side is getting better and better, and she continues to give out fist bumps and high fives to visitors as they leave. She has made some small movements with her right side, and is working to improve that side as well.
Brigid is settling in nicely at Spaulding Rehabilitation in Charlestown, MA. She is receiving Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapies. Please keep the prayers and well wishes coming!!! Cards and notes are always welcome and can be sent directly to the Cooleens home. Stay Strong, Brigid and know we are all behind you 100% of the way!!!
Today, Brigid decided that she’d be sitting long enough and, with assistance, stood up. She bared weight on both feet and did this a few times. We can’t imagine how good that must have felt for her! She’s doing well and the therapy has been constantly encouraging B to do more and more. Keep it up Brig, you’re doing awesome!