Sunday, August 30, 2009

Helping out.

The boys from the Residential Unit did a great job of helping carting concrete blocks and wooden planks to put in a storage room this week. As you can see by their faces, they just love to help out.

Unfortunately, on Wednesday, one of Josh’s feet had slipped up in the cast and damaged his skin. We couldn’t put another cast on immediately. We put the affected foot in a tiny AFO’s which we had just received in a donation the week before. This allowed his skin to heal and we reapplied another cast on the Friday. The black lines you can see on his toes, are drawn in marking pen, so the Carers can see immediately if his foot has slipped at all.

Cris had her next casts applied on Wednesday. The other two children who are normally cast each week, Janie & Sophie are in the final waiting stage with their last casts, before they come off and they get their braces.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday's Happenings

This morning Tyler left to join his forever family, and Sydney went to her foster family. We’re sad to see the children move on, but it’s great to know that they don’t need us anymore.

Joey and Josh also had their next casts applied today, so there was plenty of action in the House.


Our youngest baby had her tenotomy on Friday. Her foot is responding really well, and she always sleeps through most of the casting process.
Mia also left us on Friday to go into foster care. She is so healthy now, after successful surgery which the Tomorrow Plan funded.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday Casting

Janie had her 4th and final cast applied today. Her foot has responded very well and she will soon be going into a brace.
Cris had her 2nd cast applied today. She was not happy about it at all, although she soon settled down when it was all over.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Boys Day

Joey & Josh had their 3rd & 4th casts applied today. They went well and it wasn't long before they were home again waiting for the casts to dry.

Monday, August 17, 2009

English Class

Today the kids in the CP Residential Unit who are learning English, had some fun making swimming goggles out of pipe cleaners, after learning about water and swimming.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

First Cast Off.

Our youngest little girl had her second cast applied on Friday. We’re really encouraged by the results of her first cast.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

First casts for Cris.

Cris had her first casts applied on Wednesday. There is a before and after photo for you to see the difference even the first cast makes. She took a while to warm up to what was happening, but was soon happily back home with her “special shoes” on.
Janie’s foot is progressing very well. You can see from the photo the difference this week.

Chip says Goodbye.

The staff and children in the Clubfoot Unit said “goodbye” to Chip today. He has a different congenital limb deformity, but while he was with us, we were able to get advice about the deformity of his legs and feet and the treatment required. He was a very social, easygoing little boy, and it was sad to see him move on.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lyn turned 12

Lyn celebrated her 12th birthday today. She received hair bands, bangles, a bag for the back of her wheelchair, and a matching quilt cover and pillowcase. Pink is her favourite colour, so most of her gifts had a pink theme.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Boys turn again

Josh and Joey had their casts changed again on Monday. It’s good to see the change in their feet and they co-operate well when they are being cast.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Debbie's Birthday

Today Debbie from the Residential Unit celebrated her 8th birthday with the other children. She really enjoyed her gifts, bangles, hair ties, colouring book, pencils and a pencil case, and a Winnie the Pooh bath towel which she thinks is pretty cute.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Summer vacation fun

The kids and staff all joined in for a game of baseball. It was a 1st for many but they soon got the hang of it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesdays Casting

Janie had her second cast applied today, and was happy to have a “pink” leg this week. We also cast our youngest baby today – who is just 3 weeks old. She went off to sleep while her leg was cast, then continued on with her usual routine for the day without any glitches!

Full House

Our last clubfoot child arrived today, to make it a full house plus one. He was quite uncertain to begin with, but as the day progressed, he settled quickly and was soon joining in playing with the other children.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mia is home!

Mia arrived home last night, after successful heart surgery performed in the North of China. The Tomorrow Plan funded her surgery, which was 100% successful. It’s wonderful to see the change, she can run and play without struggling for every breath. We are so grateful to all those who have helped this precious little girl. The photos show her before and after surgery.

Two boys in new casts.

Josh received his second casts yesterday – sleeping through the whole process!
Joey on the other hand, was a different story. His first cast went on today and he was not impressed, but with lots of imaginative games he co-operated, and was soon back in the Unit impatiently waiting for his cast to dry, so he could be independent again!

Monday, August 3, 2009

13 Today!

Steven, from the Residential Unit, celebrated his 13th birthday today. After cake and gifts, he spent the rest of the afternoon assembling his new model car.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Latest Arrival - just 12 days old.

Thursday saw the arrival of our latest little girl, just 12 days old, who has one clubfoot. She appears to be otherwise very healthy and has very quickly settled into the Unit. She’s a little cutie.

Janie's turn

It was Janie’s turn to have her first casts on Wednesday. The Carers are calling it –time to get her special shoes on! It all went well, and she is very proud of her lovely red fibreglass cast. We use layers of fibreglass over the plaster cast so it will stand up the day to day treatment that a 3 year will dish out!

First child to be cast from the New Clubfoot Unit

Josh, the youngest child in the Clubfoot Unit, became the first child to be cast last Monday. He has settled in well over the past 2 weeks and was sleeping and feeding well after adapting to his new environment. He slept through the whole process. You will be able to follow the progress of his feet being corrected over the coming weeks.