Monday through Sunday, April 23rd through 29th
Tori continues to do well and she had a good week and weekend. She is rarely agitated and it is much easier to calm her on those occasions when agitation does set in. It was very nice out this weekend and she spent plenty of time outside with Guy, Brendan and I. Maria and Whitney were off to Dallas for another dance competition but will return late tonight. We are also very excited because Grandpa and Grandma Schmanski also arrived today and will be spending some time with us at home again.
I'm happy to report that Tori can now entirely finish off a yogurt or applesauce!! She had more cheese, french fries and some steak this weekend as well. So her eating and swallowing progress continues and we will keep working on it so she gets stronger and stronger. I'm finding that she does better with larger bites but I'm still hesitant in giving them to her... Meredyth also continues to work on Tori's mouth control as well. Tori can close her lips around a spoon and can do it on a straw as well. But still no straw sucking action yet.
Maria and I took Tori to the Shriner's Hospital for a checkup and surgery scheduling and afterward to the PCMC for a baclofen pump refill. Tori will have tendon release surgery on both feet sometime in early June. They will be sending us a final schedule this week and Tori will need to wear casts on both feet for 6 to 8 weeks afterward. She will also have new hand splits made while she is there as well. The surgery will require a one or two night stay at Shriner's. It is important for Tori to have her feet corrected so we can begin to place her in a stander once again. I've now placed stander shopping back on my list of many, many things to do.
Thank you all once more,