19 March 2013

What do we see?

I know everyone wants to know if we've seen any changes in Liam but I've been hesitant to say anything just yet. We are not even 4 weeks out from his stem cell treatment and only 3 days out from doing a round of 25 hyperbaric treatments.

Through his eyes.
It's hard to be objective as his parents and therapists (those that know) because we are looking for the changes. We are looking to see if any little thing is different. And I think that's perfectly normal. We desire to see changes in him and that's what we did all this for. At the same time, you want to make sure that you aren't just imagining that he's doing something new and attribute something to stem cells that isn't from that.

However, we ARE seeing changes.

They are hard to describe to someone who isn't fully familiar with the exercises we do or who hasn't seen Liam in person. We can see the changes because we work so closely with him. And while yes, we are looking for them, these are still definitely NEW changes.

The biggest sign that things were clicking differently for Liam was when I noticed him holding his head up a bit better when I held him in a sitting position. He also started to hold his head in the air when I put him on his hands and brought his head up. However, one of the biggest signs was today when our aid was working with him in his stander and she said he would hold his head up against his head rest for 2-3 minutes at a time without dropping it. She said he was like a different kid- less gagging, less dropping of his head and better stability.

He also planted his heels and pushed himself on his scooter board yesterday.

These small things are things he has never been able to do before.

I did not tell our private therapists that we did the stem cells. Our school therapists know, but I kept it quiet from our clinic in order to see if they will be able to objectively, with out any bias, see the changes in Liam too.

I am so excited for the changes we've seen in such a short time out from having the stem cell treatment. These are exciting days for our family. I thank God everyday for what He is doing for Liam and I thank Him for all of you too. I can't wait to report more to you as we go.

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