Sep 13, 2008

"Can't never could do nothing"

We got darling grand daughter Katelyn's MRI results back and she has a tethered spine. They can repair this with surgery which will done at the end of the school year, because of the time it takes for recovery. The good news is the Drs. say she will be walking by the time she is a teenager. Katelyn has never been able to walk. She has no feeling in either of her feet, and both her hips stay dislocated. She has endured many major surguries since her birth. She had one right at birth and one when she was only a few months old that kept her in a full body cast for 6 months.And several more on her legs and feet. But each surgery has improved her mobility. She wouldn't be crawling or pulling up today, had she not had them. Now this spinal surgery will correct her spine and keep it from becomeing attached to her tail like an anchor with would cause lost of the abilities she has. So, we are definitely going through with this surgery. We are just thrilled for her. She has been through a lot of physical therapy, but they determined that it wasn't going to help because she found it easier to crawl and wasn't interested in walking. But now that she has started school, she has decided she wants to walk, and they have fitted her for new leg braces and we should receive them any day.
Katlyn absolutely loves to sew, so I bought her a sewing machine for Christmas. When she sews on mine she pushes the pedal with one hand and guides with the other. But I plan to set hers up so that she will be able to push the pedal with the side of her knee. She is a happy and extremely bright young girl, who can out read children twice her age. She is only 6 but a big book worm. I have always tried to focus on the things that she can do rather then dwell on the things she can't. Against her mother wishes, who kept telling me Katelyn can't swim momma. Well I just didn't believe it. I knew durn well since she could move her arms and legs she could swim and sure enough she's a little fish in the water. I took her in and told her now you just kick those feet and pedal them arms and you can learn to swim like nanny. And Viola she was swimming. I think it is a great form of exercise for her. I know all (or should I say most) parents are over protective of their chilren, but that's what nana's are for. . I like when she spread her little angel wings and flies high. I'm so glad they moved down here last year, I think it has been very liberateing for my grand daughter to not be so sheltered from to world. I never think well we can't go do this or that, I think how can I make this so she can enjoy the same things that other children enjoy. We go to the rodeo, and she rides the ponies, we go to white water and I ride the water rides with her, I take her anywhere I would take any of my other grandchildren. In her own words "We are best buddies". My moto is if we can do it she can do it, only she might have to do it a little differently we would. So, never focus on the can't and focus on the cans. One of the best things my father always told me was those famous words "Can't never could do nothing".


  1. Bless her bones!! I am so happy they are able to help her. May she have a happy life, filled with love.

  2. How lucky she is to have a loving granny like you nearby to help her experience new things.

  3. How wonderful it will be when she will be able to walk on her own.
    She is a sweetie! She should be proud to have you for a grandma.


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