Yesterday was a BIG day in our house. Emily got her wheelchair! We are beside ourselves with excitement! We started the process last July, but it feels like it might as well have been July 2000. We are so thankful to have the chair. I am excited about the adventures that are ahead for Emily and her new wheels.
We used the chair for the first time at church last night. It is somewhat cumbersome and awkward right now, but we trust that the process will get easier the more we use it. And boy is the chair heavy! It is really fun to lift it up into our car! At the rate my muscles are going to be growing, people are going to start asking me if I am on steroids. haha Emily did great in the chair, although she is still a bit apprehensive about it. I think the fact that she is moving around shocks her a little bit.
I feel like I should be a bit more emotional about getting a wheelchair for Emily, but I am not. I am so excited about the way that she can now interact with the world. She is well supported and will be able to see and do so much more. How could I be sad or upset about that?
In other news, Emily will be starting aqua therapy again today. We found a new therapist and we are really excited. She will be going every other week, I believe. We saw great progress when she was doing aqua therapy before, but we just didn't click with that therapist. So we are thrilled to have found someone else that can do this wonderful therapy with Emily.
Today, we have our IFSP meeting to plan goals for the next 6 months with Emily's First Steps therapists (Kentucky's early intervention program). One of the new things we are adding to Emily's (already busy) schedule is play group. We talked about this at our last meeting but Emily had to go onto a waiting list at that time. Well, her number has come up and she will start that in the coming weeks.
We are very excited about the new possibilities in Emily's future.