With everything that has been going on with Julian I have forgotten to post updates on what he is doing and how he is doing.
Julian is doing well. He is up on his feet and walking which is great but he still does get tired easily and if he walks too long his back will hurt. His body is still trying to straighten up as he walks which takes a while and so he compensates by sticking his rear end out.
The boy was able to go to Adventure Amputee Camp this past summer. We found out about it through the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)who is one of the sponsors of the camp. He was kind of hesitant of going. He is an indoor kind of guy but me and my husband wanted him to get out and be with others with the same issues that he has. To be around his peers, to see what they can do, and to become comfortable being an amputee.
Here are a few things that he did…
He made friends and played card games. You have got to watch for him though, he cheats.
He loved the rope walk. I am impressed that he went. I was told by others that went to the camp that he went through the walk three times and didn’t get stuck until the last time.
They tie dyed t-shirts.
They did arts and crafts.
They also went swimming and tubing but I don’t have any good pictures of that.
At the end of camp they had an awards ceremony.
He was awarded the Adventure Amputee Camp’s Best Go Getter. I bet you that was because of the rope walk.
I am going to see if he can go to Adventure Amputee Camp again but this summer he is also going to Camp No Limb-itations. This is another amputee camp that is through CHOA. I am really excited about these camps for him. To see him over come these hurdles are awesome…as long as he doesn’t get lazy. I wish that we could go with him. It sounds like so much fun.
Maybe later on this year I will get him in Karate. I would just watch out for those legs.