Yesterday we had a follow-up appointment with Dr. Kim, Shay's botox doctor. This was the first time that we had seen her since Shay had the Botox administered on Jan 25th, 2010. Dr. Kim was interested in whether Shay had any ill effects from the injections - which Shay didn't. We also discussed how things were going and what we were noticing. There is one thing for sure. Shay is definitely standing up straighter, walking more and for longer periods and he is more functional. There is still a lot of work to do with strengthening of Shay's legs, particularly the quad muscles but she was very happy so far.
The next step was to do some measurements on Shay's legs, how quickly the leg would 'catch' when stretched and how much range of motion Shay has. Her comment was that Shay has seen a tremendous improvement in all respects. YEAH!
One thing we know for sure is that the Botox will wear off and we are already seeing some of the tightness return :( but it would seem that Shay is doing well enough at this time that Dr. Kim only wants to see us back in August! I have to say that I was surprised and I hope this means that we are doing a bit better than expected.
So onward we go and we continue to be hopeful that we can continue to stretch and strengthen Shay's legs on the road to walking!