Up on Two Feet!
As the weeks have rolled on we are now well into spring and edging into summer, we approach 1 year since Sebastien had his first surgery, that day marking the last moment he was permitted to bear weight on his feet and support himself entirely on his own. The last 7 weeks he has gotten up before dawn, and headed through the yard in the cool damp blackness as he hears Wadson honk the truck horn. He is helped onto the seat next to Miss Vikki for their weekly trek down to the clinic. Miss Vikki packs a folding chair with her to take down to the hallway referred to as a “waiting room” in order to assure that she will have a seat among those who wait with Sebastien to be seen and hoping for a positive progress report. They spend 4 or often more hours with 40 others to see the kind Dr and his assistant for a quick 20 minute cast change, then back up through traffic arriving home mid afternoon lunch. It’s a long day, Sebastien always seems weary when he arrives home, nervous each time at what the Dr will say, hopeful, but insecure. He’s had a variety of plaster and fiberglass casts, the cutting removal saw freaks him out, the new casts constrict him. No matter how hesitantly, he presses forward, week after week, month after month no control over what is going to happen, relying on us, Miss Vikki, the Dr’s to tell him appointment by appointment what will happen next. No calendar to check off the days until he is free again. What patience! What faith! What a lesson he teachers us all by example! Today Marielle, one of his favorite nannies (all of ours actually) went with him to learn the ropes and fill in for future appointments while Miss Vikki is in the states for a well deserved break this month. When she arrived home with him he was sporting colorful rainbow fiberglass casts and a HUGE GRIN! He was granted permission to WALK! He proudly pushed himself up from his wheelchair and “wobble walked” on the hard soles of of his casted feet. He steadied himself with the bed pole and let go walking through the midst of the room to Joyce’s open arms, while the whole house cheered him on!! Way to go Sebastien! His journey to healing is not over, in some ways it will never be, but today he got back a portion of his mobility! Just the boost of encouragement he needed! Jean Bell got him a blue walker to help keep him upright in the busy yard when scooters, basketballs, and fast flying “tag” players might likely capsize him. We like the new look? How about you?
Please continue to pray for Sebastien’s physical and emotional healing. Specifically as he is traumatized every week by the cast removal saw, and has difficulty staying relaxed as they put the next set on.
Posted on Thu, May 3, 2012