To make a long story short, much has happened since I used to write here regularly (and I think I should update regularly for reasons more than memories – to record changed in health).
Nisarga had shown no real improvement in his physical development since we started treatment. He was on increasing doses of medicine without a real diagnosis and his body was actually stiffer than it was before treatment. Doctors considered this to be a regression. I was not so sure. His legs were straight and stiff and turned inwards till the top of his feet touched each other. He had developed extreme aversions to holding anything or putting weight on his feet. No way this was better than before we started treatment, regardless of how good the doctors were.
I had quit the physiotherapy already because of no results, and about a month back, I tapered off his medicines till he is now completely free of any treatment prescribed by doctors. This has actually helped him improve. In the last month, he is sitting up much better, he is holding objects in his hand more. He has learned to put a spoon into a bowl, interacts more, increased babbling.
Some of it seems directly related with stopping the medications – the reduced stiffness, for example. Other things are what we achieved through the Feldenkrais method. It is the only thing that hasn’t failed us yet.
So currently, we are only working daily with new ideas from the Feldenkrais method and eating well and loving a lot. Each day seems to open new abilities than the one before. It is tough to say when he will stand and walk, but whatever is happening daily is building on the previous day – consistently for a month now. First time I’m feeling we are on some kind of a track toward growth.
Considering that I am learning the Feldenkrais method completely by myself, I’m going to try and update on the blog on and off as a kind of working journal.
In other news, I was able to help two other people – a child with a hand with very limited movement and an adult with pain. If my learning continues, I hope to be able to offer help to other parents who want to help special needs children expand their physical abilities. I think I am developing some amount of reliability with my skill. This could change lives if I do it seriously.