Haley's bleed (stroke) was in her right brain causing her left leg to be smaller than the right and is very spastic (tight). Her toe points and her knee is drawn towards the right knee. She walks pretty well, but with a limp. When she's feeling well, she can even run, though it's not "pretty." She'll be having her hamstring and heelcord tendons lengthened soon and that should help. Although she can move it, her left arm is usually drawn to her chest and her hand turns downward in a fist. It's not much use to her during volley ball because she has to grab it with her good arm, yank it into place and try to hit the ball. Because it is also tight, sometimes it's a battle between the right and left arms!
Forget serving the ball...it's of no use to her. She basically just throws it up in the air and hits it with the same hand. We are in the processes of setting her up for some hand studies to assess her for a tendon transfer in her hand. It will put her hand into a position that will make it easier for her to use.
Her eyes don't process images well and sometimes she doesn't "see" things. Not a problem with her eyes, but with her brain being unable to register. Her team mates are really good about letting her know when there's a ball coming towards her. It's just much harder for her.
As I told you before, Haley is pretty much a best case scenario when you consider the extent of her brain injury. We're very lucky that her disabilities are so manageable, but we've all worked really hard to help her reach her potential. My goal is independent living....something her physicians told me would never happen. We'll show em'
Haley just continues to amaze those in her life with her tenacity, her wonderful disposition,love of life and pure soul. Somedays I feel a little overwhelmed, but most days I feel very lucky.
Thanks everyone for your words of encouragement. I'll pass them on to Haley. Our next game is tomorrow and I'll keep you posted.