I have been SO very slack. I do genuinely come online to update Isla's blog but get distracted by Twitter *hides*
So, what can I tell you about Isla. We went and had a review by the paediatrician. That went well - it was very brief though. He mentioned that her therapists have all indicated that she is very intelligent. Height and weight all normal (although I didn't think to ask how tall she is now). Weighs 14.5kgs.
He gave me a phone number for a place called Rainbow Cottage to call. According to the Paed, 2 doctors, Dr W and Dr B would perform something they call a CAT assessment to see what sorts of aides etc Isla may need when she goes to Kindergarten next year (EEP!). I called the number but they told me to call a different number, so I did. Once I got hold of the people on the new number they told me I was out of the area and to call our local health service. So I call the local place at 12.58pm they tell me to call back at 1pm. How utterly irritating. Call them back and ask them to organise a CAT assessment for Isla - they don't even know what CAT stands for (neither do I!) and that they'll get an intake officer to contact me and help me book Isla into a local school. Can't be bothered explaining we won't live in this area next year..all too complicated. "Someone will call you back" they said. 2 weeks later, I'm still waiting.
Spoke to someone at the Spastic Centre. They gave me a number to call to join a parents group/morning tea?? type set up. Not sure that I'm ready for that. The thing is, Isla is mild - quite mild. We are very lucky. I would feel like a complete fraud to go to a parents of CP kids group and pretend that I know how hard it is for kids with CP - the reality is, I don't. I can't imagine the daily heartache and stresses that the parents of severely or even moderately effected children is like. My heart goes out to them.
We'll be joining a school starters group at some point in the near future, we're on a waiting list. I have a feeling the lady may have called me the other day, but I am locked out of my messages. Must call them tomorrow and see.
Botox clinic is on Wednesday. This will be interesting. We haven't had the botox clinic for quite a while, I can't even remember when the last one was, well, there was one in October but we didn't stick around because Dr L was running late and I was heavily preggers. I am quite looking forward to hearing what Dr L thinks about her progress. Must remember to take AFO's and hip XRays and Tap shoes - she walks really well in them!
Dancing, how she loves it. It's beautiful to see how excited she is about dancing - particularly the tap dancing. Parents have to wait outside for the 45 minute lessons, when they come out of the hall it's the cutest thing ever. As I said above, she walks surprisingly well in tap shoes, I think because they have a slight heel on them, and also because they obviously make a tapping noise when she makes a heel stirke. Thank god they're useful at $65 a pop.
Swimming lessons still going well. Mondays are her favourite day of the week. She can dog-paddle on a pool noodle, and went under water and paddled about a metre on her own last week, which she hated, but she did it nonetheless.