Okay so the past week or so The Thomas household has experienced some changes. Well, I guess I should say Toby has experienced some changes. There has really been so much to write about that I don't even know where to begin.
First and foremost I believe I have seen miracles happen and when a miracle happens I have to give God the glory and the credit!!
A week ago Toby could not stand at all with his left Brace unlocked. (It's harder for him to stand or walk because it requires more strength to walk with his knees unlocked--more control.)His knees would just drop to the ground, and he just could hardly get back up. He has been walking for about a month with his right one unlocked. (It has always been his strongest.) Well, Todd (our incredibly wonderful amazing therapist that God uses to help Toby) wanted him to walk without the left brace locked also. Honestly, I have to stop and admit I had NO FAITH. I didn't even want to try to go down that road. Toby would cry and ask me to lock his brace. He knew the difference and like me he didn't think he could. So I blew Todd off a couple weeks ago. Well, then last week he let me know how important it was for us to push for it. So here I go, with no faith, but hey we will push for it. I like Todd and didn't want to lose the mother of the year award. : ) We had about two days of misery. Crying, not wanting to walk, not wanting to stand, I felt like we were going backwards, and I kind of wanted to curse Todd's name at this point. I wanted to be content with Toby walking. I mean isn't that enough of a miracle? Well, after 2 days of super rough times...I'm talking some really bad falls. Enough to make me feel like I was for sure having a heart attack or that we might be on the way to the ER...Toby is walking and he is walking ALL DAY without either brace locked. How is it that I thought this would take months, and we might not ever get there to just a few days and here we are???
It really is a miracle!!! So I don't like to set goals with Toby because there are absolutely physical limitations that it doesn't matter how hard we work, we just won't break through. But for some reason I really want to share one. I know that God is the one that will get us there IF and WHEN we are supposed to be there.
Toby is wearing KAFOs right now. You can check out a picture here. I'd really like to see him in AFOs by the time he is four. This would be huge. Right now we can barely put him in a swing because of his braces, barely hold him, have a hard time getting pants on and off, and his legs are just bulky and heavy. AFOs would be HUGE for us because they are soooo much smaller. I want to share this with you because I want you all to have a specific way to pray for us. So please pray for continued strength and for AFOs.
God has done miracles this week, but I also don't want it to go unnoticed that I have an incredibly strong little boy. I have never ever seen a child work so hard in my life. Now he doesn't always have the sweet spirit, (but, really, what kid does?) but he worked and worked and worked.
I have so much more I could write, but I will save it for another day.