Clare is getting a new doctor. During her OT session this week, her therapist noticed that Clare swings out her right hip frequently as she is walking. She mentioned it to Clare's PT, Kelly, who also picked up on it during Clare's PT session a couple days later. Kelly was unsure whether Clare's hip was swinging out on its own or Clare was doing it herself for more stability. Kelly suggested it would be a good idea to have Clare seen by a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Not just for the hip but to get a general baseline of how Clare's bones and joints look through clinical evaluation and x-rays, especially due to Clare's extremely low muscle tone and flexible joints. Kelly recommended a doctor who works out of Children's Hospital Boston, so we have an initial consult scheduled with him for the end of April.
Clare's walking is coming along. As I've said many, many times before, her progress is just so slow. But at least it's progress! She does great in her new shoes. They provide more ankle support, and we've noticed that she does not walk as pigeon-toed in her shoes. Kelly discovered the power of lollipops, and her and Clare worked on walking the entire session with lollipop incentives. Clare did really great - she practiced cruising along the couch and taking a couple steps by herself towards the couch (and falling into the cushions) until Kelly wanted her to work on crawling. Clare deemed the session over by throwing a huge temper tantrum. That's my girl!