Overall, RyderÂ is as healthy and active as he was before he got sick but we still have a long and winding road ahead of us. Â His grip strength continues to improve,Â and the few movements he can make get stronger as the weeks go on. Â We were told that if he’s ever going to regain functional use of his arm, we have to get his shoulder back up into the right location. Â So for now, we are focusing on strengthening his shoulder.
We are still utilizing physical and occupational therapy services and chiropractic care to strengthen Ryder’s arm and shoulder and maintain mobility. Â We’ve also recently started a couple of new therapies… a bit of an “it-can’t-hurt-to-try” approach. Â We’re applying Sacred Frankincense (known for its cancer-fighting and regenerative properties) to his neck a couple times a day. Â We’ve been experimenting a bit with KT Tape (elasticized kinesiology tape) to add support to the shoulder joint, but Ryder hates wearing it. Â And we also started cold laser therapy. Â It’s too early to tell if any of these new additions are working, but it’s worth a shot!
Spring is in full-swing, and in California that means overnight temps are warm enough to entice people to crank up the solar pool heaters. Â It was still too cold for my liking, but the boys (and their cousin Tirzah) could hardly wait to jump in yesterday at my in-laws’ house. Â Over the last four+ months, we’ve had a few opportunities to chat with Ryder about swimming (which he looooooooves). Â At first, we were unsure if he’d be ready for the water by summer, so weÂ tried to prepare him for the possibility that he’d have to sit out. Â EvenÂ as he got stronger, I assumed that he would still need to wear a water wing on his right arm to keep him balanced in the water. Â Recently, weÂ realized that the poolÂ will be an incredible wayÂ to veil therapy in an activity he really enjoys. Â Praise the Lord, we were right! Â He cannonballed rightÂ in (without a floaty), swam around like a pro, and we had to bribe him to get out an hour later. Â Ryder’s grandpa even joined him for a therapy session of his own since he just had a double knee replacement.
Lots of hard work (andÂ FUN!)Â on tap for this summer!