"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Monday, May 6, 2013

Post op week 3, pictures and videos

Here are a few pictures from the last two weeks, and a video of Alina in the robault (robot) machine that helps with proper gait and muscle movement. It starts out with 100% support, and then gradually they move it down so she's doing most of the work and the machine is just guiding. Its very cool and it seems to really help her get that proper foot movement. Also there is a video of her walking with the 'ski poles'... you can really see how straight her feet are compared to before surgery. Its pretty amazing, and she's working so hard to gain back her strength. (and again, these are horribly out of order and blogger stinks at rearranging.)

She is set to be discharged on the 10th! She's so excited to get home. We've had some great roommates this last week and the little girl we are rooming with is the same age as Alina and had the same surgery two weeks after her. Its been fun getting to know them, they are a great family! They are here from another state so I know their stay is more stressful than ours, and I hope it all goes quickly and smoothly for them, too. Hopefully we can all stay in touch when we go home and maybe the girls can be penpals or something!

Finally some nice weather this week!

Great tall kneeling!

building up strength

AP marveled at the snow-less yard!

And then wondered 'what is this green pointy stuff sticking out of the ground?'

The sand is finally unfrozen!

Two big brothers to help
Straight feet!

dress up! Waiting patiently for big sister to come home.

Spring arrived for a day then it snowed again.
Crafts... they made a 'stress ball' out of surgical gloves using flour. It was really fun when it popped two days later.
Having a latte in the cafe downstairs

Patronizing with the nurses. :)

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