Meet the McNeil Family

Meet the McNeil Family

Monday, April 14, 2014

Big Sister & Little Brother


These two.

I have been thinking so much about these two. About how Sanfilippo affects them. I tend to focus on how my life has been impacted, forgetting this is actually happening to them.

Waverly is doing well. Her little joints are continuing to stiffen. Each morning we stretch her arms and legs, careful not to just jostle her out of bed. Patience. Her little feet shuffle and her joints creak. She has trouble maneuvering and just wants to plant her feet firmly on the ground to feel secure. When she walks her knees are beginning to lock - a sign that she is feeling unsteady and doing whatever is in her power to stay upright. I wonder how much pain she is in, knowing her pain tolerance is significantly higher than mine.

Oliver is still moving. His little feet are turning in a bit more and he isn't quite as fast as he used to be. His biggest change is confusion. When he goes out the front door he doesn't walk over to the van anymore. He wanders the front yard, until we call him over. He is forgetting his routine and requires a lot more help to keep him on task.

Typically they parallel play - each in their own world next to one another. I have found them to be closer lately. In a matter of minutes Oliver left his love seat and climbed up (and almost over) Waverly. He loves to put his feet on those he loves, so this was a gesture of adoration for his big sis. Except for the pain of getting kicked and the weight of his legs on her, I know she loves being close with her little brother.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a special educational associate from Iowa. I love to read your blog because I work with a little girl who suffers from the same disease. You made my day talking about one of them putting their feet up on the other because Morgan does that all the time, plus the kicking! Got to love it!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to tell you that we pray for your family and that you come to mind often. You can just see the love between them. Enjoy seeing pictures on FB and all the updates. Have a great day today. Elizabeth Mundell