It has been extremely tough, physically and emotionally, but part of the amazing touch that Mike Poole has is that his fairly brutal treatment seems to build the confidence in the children, not destroy it. Daniel has been hugely proud of his achievements and consistently positive about going every day, even when he has been reduced to tears during the session. He is visibly stronger and has made some dramatic progress.
Here are some clips and photos of this week's hard work.....
|Daniel and Brooke both slogging away in the gym|
On Wednesday evening, both children were thrilled when Daddy arrived, to join us for the final couple of days, and Dan was keen to show off his new skills!
So, what is this 'dramatic progress' that I referred to at the start of the post? The first is that this week Daniel has learned to walk with his quad sticks!
From now on we will be using his sticks to walk around the house, and walker when out and about, but hoping to move to sticks being his main method of walking within a few months.
The other major breakthrough is shown is this clip below - Daniel's first EVER two independent steps!
So, all in all, an excellent couple of weeks, and we will look forward to our next trip to MP Fitness in a few months. We now have the new exercise programme from Mike, which requires us to find another 45 minutes in every day. I have no idea how we are going to manage that, but we are determined to do so, because we now understand that the combination of strengthening work, in conjunction with the great physio input he already has, could truly help release Daniel's potential, whatever that may be.