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Giggling and Walking
Earlier this week Owen got his shiny new AFO's.  Actually, they are an AFO/SMO combo pack.  Here are the AFOs (Ankle-Foot Orthotics for those who don't live special needs acronyms) with the shoes on:

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and here they are with the shoes off:

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Notice the busy bees - those were Owen's choice and he loves the color yellow.  And finally, you can take the AFO part off, and have just the SMO left behind:

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This way he can build strength with just the SMO, but have greater support for walking.  And check out his greater abilities and confidence with the walker.  You can see where we started with the walker after his Chiari surgery here, but check out below to see what he can do now: (53 MB)



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And just to make your absolute day, I will share Owen having a fit of giggles (possibly because Kathy the PT is tickling his belly while she holds him).  Guaranteed to make you giggle too!

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They declared him cleaned out and cleared for takeoff last night.  We got home about 7:00. 

As you can see...Owen was very happy about that!

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Mmmmm Jello
So, on Friday morning I went in to find that Owen's diaper was bright red - never a good start to the day.  He was also lethargic and heaving.  It seemed that perhaps Owen was missing the hospital Jello again.  When we got to the ER he was very dehydrated, which made no sense because he had been drinking normally the day before.  Blood tests were all out of whack - white blood cells were high, clotting factors showed that he wasn't clotting at well as he should have and an ultrasound showed that his intestines were swollen.  Oh, and he was pretty constipated too.  Looks like his intestines were absorbing all the liquid in his body and using it to create swelling.  They have lots of cultures being sent out for testing and we had X-rays and an ultrasound.  We found that his blood was not clotting properly and Vitamin K was administered.  

So two days, several bags of fluids and a boatload of vitamins later things are looking up.  His blood work is back to normal and he's feeling better.  They are doing a clean out this morning and when he is poo free we can go home.  

Here is a picture of Owen from last night.  He may be in the hospital but that doesn't mean he doesn't need to keep up with his peeps!




Hopefully he will poo soon and we'll be able to go home today. We'll have a fair bit of testing to do in the next week or so to be sure that there isn't an underlying problem that caused this, but for now we're doing much better!
 
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