Monday, Juddah will have a follow up appointment here in Oregon with a neurosurgeon in Bend, about a 4 hour drive from our house. The doctor there has agreed to see him under charity care for his follow-ups post surgery. Juddah seems to have adjusted quite nicely to the shunt and so far seems to be working the way it should. His stitches in his head have just about dissolved and his tummy incision is all healed up and he can now swim with out a big bandage on it!
Last week Juddah had an appointment/assessment with Early Intervention to determine if he qualified for physical therapy with them. The minute he came thru the door Juddah immediately had made a room full of new friends. The assessment lasted about 2 1/2 hours and Juddah was the perfect patient.. so happy and patient with all the things they wanted him to do. He also had his hearing tested. The great news is that his results came back great. He may only have a slight/possible problem with hearing directly ahead of him.. not sure what that means long term, but I'm sure we will learn more as we go along.
Juddah still lacks upper body strength, and is non-mobile for now. He is itching to be on the go tho and his frustration is evident when he wants something that is at his eye level but just out of reach. He is rolling from front to back now, and boy oh boy can his little legs run in circles when he is laying on the floor. Looking forward to his first physical therapy appointment next week, and learning about the goals that will be set for him, and how quickly his strength can be built up before he starts to crawl.. oh what a celebration that day will be! Better start child-proofing the house now.
Here are some pictures of what his incision site looks like now...
this one is just behind his ear and is where the shunt is anchored to his skull
This my latest big print I've had made for our home of him... I love all his expressions.