She did it!! She walked independently with 2 canes. This is how it happened...she was doing her walking and Przemek decided that she was ready to take a couple of steps, something he didn't expect to try until Friday or next week when she works again with his wife, Sylvia. She took 3 steps. I wasn't there to see it so when I arrived he asked Josie to show me just 2 steps. She agreed even though she was tired from her 3 hour workout. She ended up taking about 15 steps. We couldn't believe that she took so many on the first day she ever walked and especially at the end of her workout. Yeah Jos!!
I videoed the whole thing. Before you watch it let me explain a couple of things. First, don't be alarmed at Przemek's loud and stern voice. He has to do this so she cues fast enough not to fall. It helps the brain think and retrain faster. It took me a while to get over it a couple of years ago. Josie isn't bothered by it at all. She adores him and know that he is just helping her. In fact, what you don't see at the end of the video is them hugging after she walks. I was so excited that I let out a Wow in the middle and you can see him scold me. She can't break concentration because she could fall. Secondly, It looks like he his holding her and helping her but he doesn't ouch her until she begins to fall at the end. You can see him wiggle his hands to show that he isn't touching her. He has to stay close since she can easily fall.
After we left, I called Susan Knight, her PT at Childrens Hospital LA, to tell she and Jen and then I called the family. About half way through she says to me, "are you going to call everyone?" in a tone like it is not that big of deal, it is what is supposed to happen. I love her mindset. Not satisfied until she runs.
We also got to pick up Grandma at the airport last night. She is visiting for a week to see the therapy, the Chickadee performance and be her for her birthday. It is so nice to have her here.
Here is the video. Hope you enjoy it. I know I will for a long time. Love, Jenny and Josie