Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone. We hope 2017 is a fantastic year for you. May your joy be immeasurable, your peace be overwhelming and we hope love surrounds you every day of this new year.

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Patience

Kyah went to dancing today. She had a one hour private, and a one hour group session with another girl. That means 2 hours of dance today. She is slowly able to get back into normality, although, she is no where near back to “normal”, as she knows it.

It is very frustrating… both she and I want her to be totally healed now, so she is able to get fully back into her dancing, but she is restricted with what she can and cannot do. The process is long and slow and will continue to be long and slow.  We sometimes need to put it all into perspective – Kyah is out of a cast and she is walking, and it has only been 3 months. This in itself is a miracle. The dancing will be another miracle.

Both she and I would love to see her further along in her rehab than she is,  but  reality says, she is where she is by the grace of God.

She is really struggling to get the full plantar flexion in her her foot required for correct technique for dancing. she is working on it every day and we are hoping it will come, and will come soon. Once that comes she will be able to start practicing properly and build up her confidence and the consider pointe shoes again.

One lesson we are learning is not to push too hard, and that her injury will heal in the perfect time. Patience is a lesson that must be learned. But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Rom 8:25

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Painting

Today was almost back to normal routine for us. I worked most of the day, Kyah went with Becky and Emily  up to Harbourtown to do some shopping and watch a movie. They saw “Sing” today. They both enjoyed it.

After that the girls went home and they did some painting. Emily taught Kyah some tips for painting and I think they were great tips. This is Kyah’s first attempt at painting flowers. Not a bad job, I think.

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We just want to say a huge thank you to those of you that are connecting with us in some way, (either by Facebook, leaving a comment on the blog or by email or text), to encourage Kyah on her journey. Your interest and encouragement definitely help Kyah persevere when she is feeling a bit disheartened. Thank you all.

Another day of no rehab, but I’m sure she will make up for it tomorrow…. hmmm. Big day tomorrow: 2 hours of dance, then some rehab in the pool, then we have an exercise circuit planned for when we get home. Should be good fun.

 

The Power of Positive Thinking

Well, as this year comes closer to a close, the commitments of next year loom ever so soon. Kyah is doing her rehab every day. She is definitely reaping the rewards for the work she is putting in. Her ankle is a lot more stable than what it was. Again, I think it is more mental confidence for Kyah now. She wants to push hard in order to get results, but she doesn’t want to push too hard and end up going backwards. The concern of re-injuring her foot is in the forefront of her mind. Finding the perfect balance is the challenge; pushing hard enough for maximum gains, while going gently to avoid set-backs.

We have not really had any set backs other than the one where the physio mobilised Kyah’s foot and put her back a number of weeks.  Her foot does get sore and swollen some days, but generally it feels better by the next day, which is great. It is not normally sore for 3 or 4 days anymore.

I always speak positively around Kyah, regarding whether or not she will ever dance again, especially en pointe. I will not speak negatively over my child. This positive talk really has an impact on someone. The positivity rubs off on those around you. I can see it is definitely rubbing off on Kyah, praise God.

It is amazing how many people unconsciously speak negatively around us, when they either see one of Kyah’s foot photos, or hear what Kyah did. something negative seems to automatically come out of their mouth. Do they realise the power of the tongue?

The specialist said the best joint in the body to injure if you want to make a full recovery and more, is the ankle. When anyone speaks negatively about Kyah returning to dance, I always state this fact. I need Kyah to know this stuff and to believe it.

For Christmas, I bought her a couple of shirts (among other things). Kyah could choose which ones she wanted. This shirt is one of the ones she chose.  I think it is very appropriate at the moment.  Go Kyah, there are so many people believing in you.

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She is Trying

Well, you have got to give Kyah credit. She is trying. She is trying really hard to get back to where she was before her accident. Her dream is to dance, her passion is to dance, and so many people have said she definitely has what it takes to make it in the ballet world. This injury was not a normal injury and it is very obvious there was other things at play to try to stop Kyah achieving what she is going to achieve.

The countdown is on. Only 20 days until Kyah participates in a summer dance workshop. We are hoping she has the strength, mobility, ability, stability, and endurance to last 5.5 days of dance. Lots more work to do before then.

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This is currently as high as she is able to go on her toes. Yes, her ankle is strapped and this may restrict her range a bit, but previously she has been able to go a lot higher on her toes. Obviously a long way to go, but let’s keep believing she will get there. She has done a fantastic job to get to where she is already.

I received a comment today that was really not necessary. It was negative and derogatory towards Kyah. That is really unacceptable. Those of you that wish to make negative comments about Kyah and her injury: I will not publish your comments.

This blog is designed to help Kyah with her journey, knowing she has the support of friends and family and others that want to encourage her along the way. It is also intended to help others who may be facing a difficult time in their life; to look to God and draw from Him for everything they need. Please do not write negative, demoralising comments, keep them to yourself. If you do not like this blog, simply don’t read it.

3 Months On

Today marks the day of Kyah’s 3-month anniversary since that terrible day. On September 26, 2016, Kyah’s life changed forever.

She has definitely overcome some huge milestones  already, but she has some even bigger ones to face and overcome in the near future.

We are both finding that the more we focus on God and His plan for Kyah the more rested we are with achieving the journey. The hardest thing to remember is that what was promised in the light, still stands in the dark. We all face dark (hard, difficult) times, and when we are there, it is very difficult to remain positive and focused. This is also part of the journey and the lesson we must learn…. stay focused and hopeful, irrespective of what is going on in the world around you.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matt 11:28-30

So, today, being such a significant day in Kyah’s journey, we decided to take a photo of Kyah’s plantar flexion (toe pointing) range. It has improved immensely since the accident and needs to be 180 degrees at least in order for Kyah to go back up en pointe.

 

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Taken November 11, 2016

 

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Taken 26 December 2016

There is a definite improvement. Let’s keep focusing on where we are going, not where we have been.  There is a 5-day summer school coming up in January that Kyah is planning  on attending. She needs to be prepared for it both mentally and physically.

 

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish you all a very safe, happy and joyous Christmas. We hope your day has been filled with creating many happy memories with those you love.

Early to bed, early to rise, gives those of us hitting the shops a chance to last the distance.

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Matilda

We went to Brisbane today. I purchased tickets to Matilda a while ago, and today was the day for us to go see it. A train ride to Brisbane, a wander around Southbank with lunch and a coffee, then it was into the Lyric Theatre at QPAC to watch Matilda.

It was amazing. The children that performed are amazing. Their talent; singing, acting, dancing, performing, entertaining an audience… simply fantastic. The adults were also fantastic, James Millar played a fantastic Miss Trunchbull.  We both thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

No rehab was done today, but lots of walking around Southbank. This place was surprisingly quiet in the day time. It seemed to get more busy after the show was over and we were rushing to the train station.This was a rather quick walk  to try to catch the next train – save us waiting another 30 minutes for the next train.  It is probably the fastest Kyah has walked in months … 3 months to be almost exact… to the day!

I notice Kyah’s foot still swells very readily. Today, because we were up and about a lot, it was particularly swollen, but most days it is still very swollen by the end of the day. Today, it just swelled up sooner than usual because we were out and about. We will know her foot is better when it does not swell.

A quiet Christmas eve at home. We watched the carols performed from Melbourne. We actually tuned them off after a while because there were hardly any Christmas carols as such, watched a Christmas DVD, then back to the carols.  More sewing of a tutu was done as well. I am hoping that if Kyah sees me sewing the tutus, it will inspire her to keep going. There is such a mental battle we are fighting here, along with the obvious physical battle. Every day there is a battle of some sort for her rehab – even though she has never voiced complaint, I’m sure she questions why this has happened to her, and I’m sure she wishes it never did. I just live in the hope that the journey will cause her to become a much stronger, more determined, more driven and more God-focused person.

Some of these people have missed the most important thing in life –  they don’t know God. 1 Tim 6:21 TLB

We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas. We hope your time spent over this festive season is spent with those near and dear, and you feel surrounded by God’s love, grace and peace.

 

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Final Day of Work

Kyah came with me to work today. I only did a half day, so that makes it manageable for her to be there for that length of time.

Kyah did some rehab at the gym, which was good. Then we went up to dancing. After dancing, we went to a dance shop that is local to Nika’s place. We had a look at some outfits for Kyah’s contemporary dance she is planning on doing next year. We also had a look at the different pointe shoes that are available.

We are hoping that in the near future when Kyah is able to dance again, that she will be ready for pointe shoes. We have already decided that she needs different shoes to the ones she has had previously, so she has a fresh start, when, (thinking positive), she gets back en pointe.

This seemed to put Kyah in  a very positive frame of mind, which is great. There are 2 more sleeps until Christmas. That in itself, should put most children in a positive frame of mind.

We went to Michelle, a friend, house, and watched a movie with her and the kids. That was nice to sit and relax for over an hour. After that we came home and I did lots of sewing of one of the tutus. It is quite amazing how much time is spent sewing with little to show for it . Eventually the hours will start to show…..

Believe it or not, Kyah’s left foot is appearing more stable than her right already!! There is still plenty of work that needs to be done from the point of flexibility, strength and function, but what an amazing journey she has had already.

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Oh My Gosh

Today was really busy for me; working again all day. Kyah and Neil went to a toy and hobby shop, and a model toy shop, and Robina, and Palm Beach, and met me for coffee at lunch, and basically they had a really good, fun day… while I was working.  It was nice for them to spend some time together. Neil made sure Kyah did her rehab in the afternoon. She is definitely improving with her stability.

Kyah rang me at work really excited. Apparently Ricky, the specialist paramedic that came and relocated Kyah’s foot, called by the house to see how Kyah was going and to give me a copy of the photos that were taken for the hospital.

In a situation such as Kyah’s, it is a good idea if you can take a photo so when the injured person gets to hospital, the doctors know what the dislocation looked like beforehand, because quite often if it is relocated it looks very normal when they present to the hospital. and they know what they are dealing with. So the ambulance officers took a couple of photos for the hospital and I asked for a copy of them.

Kyah was so happy to see Ricky and thanked him for everything he did. Apparently he was amazed there was no surgery and that she was doing as well as she was.

Ricky emailed me the photos and I must admit, my breath was taken away with one of the photos. It is an absolute assault on the senses, I’m not sure if I can, or should, post it, but I will anyway. The image is proof that she was totally protected, no skin was ripped, and her foot did not actually fall off! All I can say is praise The Lord for protecting her.

Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. Psalm 91;14 .

I figure you may as well see what we saw from a different angle. It is not believable unless it is seen. It is amazing that there was no ligament damage at all done around the foot or ankle.

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This angle you have pretty much seen with the first photo.

 

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This is just wrong. I can’t believe I held Kyah’s leg for so long waiting for the ambulance, praying everything would be ok…. her foot touching my shoulder while I’m holding her leg.

Seeing these photos now, brings back a lot of the anxiety I felt when it happened. Kyah often speaks about the accident and is obviously trying to process the whole thing in her mind. It is just simply a miracle she is walking again, and that she is contemplating dancing early next year and that she will dance en pointe. We are believing for a complete miracle and this is one in the making. Please keep praying and believing with us.