Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sophia and Eli meet the Incredible Hannah

Sophia was so excited to meet her new friend Hannah that she met her in the driveway upon arrival. Hannah came out of the van wearing her running legs (blades) having some balancing issues. We all walked inside and Sophia immediately started telling Hannah about her play room upstairs. Hannah was itching to get those pesky legs off and run up the stairs. Her mom helped her remove her legs and she zipped up the staircase like it was nothing. I cried.

Hannah is the girl I've mentioned before. She had to have both legs amputated at the knee when she was only 9 months old. She too was born with legs that wouldn't work. She has adapted like a pro. She is a happy, active and smart kid.

Hannah and her mom came for a visit on Saturday. Kim, Hannah's mom, brought all of Hannah's legs...about 5 pair. She kindly showed us how they worked and Hannah demonstrated her ability to use the two she currently fits. She's not mastered it. She is 5. She'd much rather enjoy life on her "stumps," but she is learning all the time how to use her prosthetics. It's literally like walking on stilts.

Sophia and Hannah had David make them a tent. Eli is enjoying it very much in the pic above.

Kim admits to us that the first pairs of legs are very difficult to manage as they fit on the child differently than a set for an older child. Seeing Hannah able to go where she wants with such ease was a real encouragement to us.

David's back is in bad, bad shape. His leg's feeling hasn't returned since the Sunday the slipped disc reared it's ugly head. David's first shot gave him limited relief. He will receive another shot tomorrow. David is likely facing back surgery. He has been in constant pain. No good.

I hope you are enjoying the summer. The heat in Oklahoma came early. The tomato plants are not performing...likely from heat stroke. I guess I have to cut them a break.

With love and gratitude,


Hewett Happenings said...

Hannah and I VERY MUCH enjoyed our visit Saturday. Thank you so much for graciously inviting us into your home. I am so glad we, well Hannah, was able to encourage your family. That was what we were hoping to do.

You have two pretty incredible kiddos as well. Sophia was the perfect hostess for Hannah, and Eli is just an amazing, stinking cute, little guy.

We will be praying for David. If there is anything we can do to help, please let me know.

Hope to see you again soon!!

Amberghini said...

Thank you for bringing the little man to class Sunday! Made my whole day!