Rhema’s first week of Aquatic Therapy went swimmingly! LOL! There was one day where she even got to swim 3 times in one day! Yes, her little legs got a mega work out that day!
We’ve made many new friends this season of Aquatic Therapy! Rhema did okay with the noise levels and only cried once when the noise level rose too high for her to deal with.
Even from last year, I can see huge changes in Rhema. She sat so still and patiently as I worked on getting myself dressed for swimming. I always park her in front of this huge mirror and she would sit and make faces at herself and talk to me (and other folks) as I got ready.
For the first week of Aquatic Therapy, Rhema was able to attend 3 out of the 4 days. Plus, after her formal class we would go to another pool and swim for at least another hour or more. I so wish we had access to a pool at home where she could swim every day as part of her daily routine. Swimming is such an amazing exercise and strength building therapy for her legs. It is a dream/goal of mine to make this happen for my girl! If it’s possible, I will find a way to make this happen for her; we’ve had miracles happen before and I believe this will happen too!
Rhema is so immensely happy and free in the water; there is no gravity pulling her down and she is able to move easily, without barriers. I am so thankful that even with all the road blocks this year with being able to attend this class that Rhema will be able to get at least 5 out of 8 of the classes! Plus, on the days after her class, we make additional swimming times to give her further exercise opportunities.
When we arrived home, the first night she woke up crying saying her ear hurt! Oh, I was so concerned that she may have had “swimmer’s ear”. So, for the few days we were home between swimming weeks we made a quick appointment to get her ears checked. Also, she bruised one of her feet really bad from jumping (yes, I said jumping) off the steps into the water. LOL! The kid has no fear and would hurl herself off the steps into the water, laugh, and then swim back to the steps and do it all over again.
Praise God her ears both checked out okay and her foot was only bruised. I’ve read that kids with nerve damage easily break/fracture their bones in their feet due to lack of innervation. It was badly bruised and it was swollen, but the doctor said that she just did a really good job of bruising it and it was not broken. So, we had the all clear to finish out her second week of Aquatic Classes and extra swim time! We are happy that she is okay and are looking forward to more time in the water with her!