Monday, September 27, 2010

"Before, and...."


Carson has been doing great lately! We recently finished another session at the Conductive Learning Center and it's amazing to watch his rapid progress in just a few short weeks. Throughout the session we continued to work with his walker (this has been the most challenging- Carson definitely has the ability to use it, but not the willpower. Why use this walker when I can crawl faster?!) He has also learned how to stand with his back against a wall and also palms against the wall when facing it. In other words, no supports to hold on to. He has also made unbelievable progress in cruising along furniture.


But the most amazing thing lately has been an answer to prayer. Several months ago one of Carson's biggest challenges was his lack of upper body strength which is unusual for Spina Bifida. Most kids with SB have pretty strong upper bodies and struggle with weakness on their lower halves. I suspected that the upper body weakness Carson was experiencing was due to his mild Cerebral Palsy. Anyway, I worried about his weakness and was afraid it would keep him from being able to support himself and that he wouldn't have the strength to be upright for a walking position. This was one of main prayer requests. When I meet with the conductors after his session they were very encouraged by the progress Carson made and said that his upper body weakness is no longer a main issue and that it shouldn't hold him back physically. Suddenly it was as if a weight was lifted from my shoulders. This is a big deal for us. Months ago I never imagined that he would be doing some of the things he is achieving now. God is good and is always blessing us. Carson has many challenges from his disability but it never keeps me from being thankful for all the abilities he does have. Carson is very blessed indeed.


Consider the photo a "before" picture. In a few days I will post an "after" hopefully showing straight eyes! Eye surgery is scheduled for this Thursday (Sept 30). Please pray for a successful surgery and peace of mind. As the date nears I grow more anxious. Although this is a small surgery it's still always hard. Carson does not do very well with sedation and it's tough to hand your child over to surgeons. Although I'm not eager for the procedure, I am eager for the results. Not only will his eyes straighten out, but he will also be able to develop bilateral vision.

10 comments:

Molly said...

Praise God! What an answer to many prayers. We'll be thinking of you all on Thursday. Love you!

Jess said...

WE LOVE YOU CARSON! Thanks for the update you guys.....we love reading them! We are praying daily and will certainly keep his surgery in mind this week! Will you guys be going to the farmstead in for thanksgiving! Hopefully we will get to see you and spend some quality time with you guys there! With love! ALWAYS!
Jordan and Jess

Leigh and Andy said...

Carson is amazing!!! I can't imagine our days at the CLC without him! :) Who would Grey pester? I know that handing him over on thurs. will be difficult...but he will do just fine...he is so strong and will come out with two straight eyes! I can't wait to see him! Lots of love to you guys!

Holli (and Mark) said...

Hugs and prayers for Thursday!!! and just awesome how far he's come, thanks for the update!!!

Kari said...

so exciting!! so thankful we did the eye surgery for toby. good luck hope all goes well.

Jill said...

Good luck on Thurdsay!

Vweele/Cornells said...

What awesome progress Carson has made and how blessed he is to have such dedicated and supportive parents. We'll be praying for Thursday. xoxo

Scasmflops said...

So happy to hear the good news and good progress!!! Will be praying for the eye surgery.

Katie at A List Maker's Life said...

Thanking God with you for how he is working in Carson's little body. It is so encouraging to hear of his progress. I'm anxious to have Kevin read about all that Carson has learned at the CLC. He is really skeptical of the center and I hope it will help for him to hear such positive results. Thinking of you as he heads into his next surgery too.

Colleen said...

Wow, he's doing so great! The CLC seems like such an awesome place. Makes me want to drive to Michigan to take Nate there! :) I very vividly remember the day I saw Nate standing with his back to something in PT for the first time and how exciting that was. Such great news that his upper body is getting stronger. I know how worried you were about that. God is Good!