This week I’d like to highlight a post by Areli that she wrote for the Edublog Challenge. I think it is wonderful. You can visit her blog by clicking HERE.
For Challenge#5 I have decided to write about my baby sister, Airani. Here is a picture of her in her ankle-foot braces and walker. Enjoy!
In 2010, my brother, sister, and I were expecting a new baby sister to join our family. We were very excited and anxious, and my parents already had a name for her–Airani. Unfortunately, the doctors had informed our parents that the new baby would be a little, extra special compared to other babies. Airani was diagnosed with a birth defect called spina bifida. Spina bifida is when the tissue surrounding the spinal cord does not develop completely and (many times) nerves in that specific area are affected. Airani’s spina bifida condition does not allow her to move or feel her feet, not allowing her to walk.
That August, we welcomed our new little sister into the world. After three weeks in the hospital, she finally came home. Airani is now two years old and will be turning three on August 5th. Right now she is going to physical therapy to help her become stronger from her lower body and she has definitely found her ways to move about, usually to find Mom. When Airani was younger, she would roll around on her back to reach a certain destination. Now that she is older, she is bending her knees and is trying to crawl! She does move around quite well now. In order to stand properly, she needs to be wearing her ankle-foot braces so her feet can stay straight. Since she is growing and people can’t be carrying her all the time, she is using a walker to help her move around as well and is soon to have her new wheelchair. That’s pretty exciting!
Airani has made great improvements and (hopefully) will continue to make more throughout her life. She cannot walk now; however, there is a possible chance that she will be able to someday. Even though she is limited in what she can and cannot do, we still make her a part of everything and try to be creative so that she can participate. Seeing her and how strong she has become is more than I could have ever asked of a happy, healthy little sister and I hope that Airani won’t give up on her dreams.