This past Wednesday Amaya had her first physical therapy session and did great. In February she went in for her physical therapy evaluation, where the therapist wrote up a treatment plan for her. I was so glad that she didn't complain of any pain or discomfort, neither that day, later that night or the following day. She had an hour long session and was able to keep focus and do all that was asked of her. I'm so proud of the strength that she has shown throughout this entire process.
It took eight weeks of waiting for her referral to get the proper signatures, get approved and in place. But, alas everything is is place and she is all set. This has been quite a lesson in patience for me. To be quite honest, she is doing wonderfully. Especially considering she had surgery four months ago (has it really been that long?!) and is only five and a half years old (although that seems to be working to her advantage). She has recovered quite well from her surgery and is able to move about and do pretty much everything she tries. But for me it isn't a black or white issue, is she good or not good. But, rather an issue of how can physical therapy help her; to fine tune her walking, running, to build strength, to learn how to use her "new" knee, etc..
She will continue her therapy for the next six weeks. She will have hour long sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'm excited for her to begin this next stage in her recovery and see how much she will accomplish in that time.
A neat thing that happened last week was that while we were visiting Amaya's primary doctor's office we met Marylou, the referral coordinator for the Beaver Clinic. She has helped us so much. We have been working with her for over a year now. She is the one (at times it seems like the only one) who gets things done for us. She ensures that all the paperwork is in place in a timely manner so that Amaya can get all the services she needs. In one word; she is amazing. I was so glad to finally meet her and thank her in person for all the help she has given to us. It was neat to see her so excited to meet us as well. Amaya showed her, her scars and talked to her about her surgery, and her knee. After a long hug I walked away with a big smile on my face. I'm so grateful for the help, love and support we've have received.