Friday, June 17, 2005

2005 June

17 June 2005

Dear Friends and Family,
Its been 20 weeks yesterday since the incident.  Mackenzie continues to make slow but gradual progress. While she is still not talking, her physical abilities seem to improve noticeably with each passing week. 
Her seizures are much fewer these days with the help of her medication, usually less than 5 per day.

She is visually attentive to things that interest her, like other kids and her new puppy.  She has much better head control, and seems to like standing.
She must be supported during standing, but she locks her knees into position on her own. 
Her balance is off, but with assistance she will stand for 5 to 10 minutes. 
I took her out to the trampoline where she could practice standing with some gentle movement to react to, and she really seemed to enjoy that.

In Physical Therapy, she is still trying to take steps, and we anticipate as her stability, balance, and trunk control improve, this will become more improved and consistent. 
While she is still not capable of getting into a sitting position on her own, if we help her sit up she can sit independently for 5 to 10 seconds before she looses her balance. 
If we can just convince her to use her arms for stability, she'll be sitting independently soon.

She continues to eat solid food, and has for the past week been drinking out of a straw again. 
The amount of liquid she drinks is gradually increasing as she gets the hang of it. 
I would guess she gets about half of her calories by mouth these days.

Keni's puppy, Natasha