Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Praise the Lord - Isaac slept through the
night last night!(I've given up trying to come up with a nickname,
because I start writing and then forget and use his name.)
 

Laura, I know you will understand my elation about
him sleeping all night! 

With all
of his diagnoses, a full night's sleep is a thing to be celebrated and
announced with much rejoicing.

We have just recently gotten a "hospital bed" for
him to sleep in.  (He had been sleeping in a recliner for about a year –
due to stomach issues and "kicking" issues.  If laid down flat in a
bed, he kicks himself into a sweaty frenzy and will stay awake all
night.  Thus, the recliner.)

So
with the head elevated and the "knee bend" in the middle, he'd been
doing fair – not too much kicking – but still not sleeping all through
the night.  And also he's been sleeping in a horrible position.  I know
for most kids any position will do, but for kids with CP a night of
sleeping with legs bent and toes pointing makes for a day of leg and
foot spasms and cramps.

Our
therapist suggested putting his leg braces on for the night and using a
bolster under his knees.  It worked like a charm!  He was asleep by 8:30
and slept for over 12 hours.  Glory hallelujah!

Needless to say, we'll be trying it again tonight –
we'll see how it goes.

The weather
here is beautiful today in the Deep South – mid 70s and blue skies.  I
don't mean to rub it in – I'd appreciate some beautiful snow every now
and then, too. 

I even got
to eat lunch outside with my hubby today, while Isaac did Occupational
therapy in the clinic.  That was a nice treat.

Ya'll have a peaceful day,

Alesha