While Ava was still in Starship some wonderful friends fundraised to buy Ava a cedar playhouse from England. The first we knew was when the friends arrived at the house just before Christmas to tell us a playhouse for Ava would be delivered in a few days. I (mum) was speechless. As well as a photo of the playhouse they came bearing items for the playhouse - mats, cushions, curtains, dolls duvet and pillow, apron and two beautiful fairy canvas paintings. Stuart erected the playhouse on Boxing day. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously. Ava and Hamish (and all their friends) love playing in it. See the photos in the gallery.
Two days before Christmas we collected Ava's new right leg. Finally she had two legs to walk on. While the straight leg is not designed to walk on (its primary function being to stand for balance) Ava very qickly learned that she could walk with it by swinging her leg out. Mum and Dad have built up strong arm muscles as a result of taking some of her weight while she learns to walk.
Limb Centre Visit
We returned to the limb centre this morning to have a new casting made for her right leg which she had outgrown. Ava kept up her tradition of singing Christmas carols to the staff. In the meantime, Ava continued to practice walking each night with her short left leg.
Today the physiotherapist from the limb centre visited at home to see how Ava was getting on with the right leg. Since she was fitted a week earlier she had complained it hurt when we put it on her so the physio had a go at fitting it. No wonder she had been complaining. She had outgrown it in a week!
Special Children's Christmas Party
Ava attended the Special Children's Christmas Party at Mystery Creek sponsored by the RadioNetwork and many other wonderful local businesses. There were hundreds of children. She enjoyed the bouncy castle and face painting.
Limb Centre Visit
Today we returned to the limb centre as Ava's new straight right leg was ready to be fitted.
3 Month Check
Today Ava had her 3 month check up at the Starship outpatient clinic. The orthopaedic surgeons were very pleased with her progress. Ava visited two of the wards she stayed on. The staff were so excited to see her and couldn't believe how good she looked. Everywhere we went we bumped into people who had looked after Ava (even the lift as we arrived in the carpark!)