Are Play Couches and Playsets Worth It?

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In mid-November, in the midst of the pandemic and with the onset of winter, we decided to invest in some indoor activities for the kids. We ordered a small gym for Adélie, a “jungle gym” play structure for Maxandre and a modular couch.

Adélie’s Gym

This small gym by Wedanta Kids was recommended to us by Adélie’s physiotherapist and was the first structure we got. Not only does it allows Adélie to burn some energy, but it allows her to practice her balance, flexibility and strength, which is important after a brain injury. The structure can be used during her physiotherapy sessions, which she has 1-2 times a week. Adélie loves to climb the bars and use the slide.

Here is a video with Adélie. You can see how better she got with her right hand which she wasn’t using last year!

Limikids Playground

We also decided to get an indoor playground for Maxandre. This jungle gym set is from the Canadian company Limikids. We opted for the Jupiter model, in green of course. It was a nice birthday present for Maxandre! See below for our review.

Price: prices vary depending on the set, here is the link to the products offered.

Quick tip: We shared the delivery costs with 3 other Ottawa families. All three orders were delivered, to our house and the other families came to pick up the boxes, allowing us all to save on shipping costs.

The Joey Modular Couch

Finally, we ordered the modular sofa “The Joey”. We were lucky to have been in their first pre-order. After more than 4 months of waiting, we received the Joey this week!

Joey Couch in Pink, source:

I know, it’s a lot of expenses in a short period of time. However, we have good reasons. Maybe these reasons will help you (or your spouse!) justify a future order? 😉

8 reasons why we Invested in Interior Activities
  1. We knew the pandemic and the lockdown were going to last and so we’d be stuck at home a lot. Sports and activities had been canceled.
  2. Our kids deserve to be spoiled after the horrible year they had (the accident), and to top it off, a pandemic!
  3. Both the structures and the couch allow Adélie to work on her mobility and do physio exercises.
  4. Maxandre no longer has his brother to play with. We are trying to find other games and fun things for him to do.
  5. They are a great way to get physical exercise and stay away from electronic devices.
  6. The modular sofa can also be used as a comfortable playing surface and an extra sofa. It can even create extra beds, perfect for when we have family staying over or when the kids have a sleepover. Goodbye inflatable mattress!
  7. We are spending less money on entertainment activities (no museums, no travel, etc.) because of the pandemic, which helps to justify higher expenses for our household activities.
  8. Even I can use them for exercise!

    In order to make all this safe, particularly with Adélie’s mobility issues, we have surrounded the equipment with gym mats to cover the floor.

Our Experience with the LimiKids Indoor Playground

The structure was a fair bit of work to install. If we had a drywall ceiling, it could be installed directly from ceiling and floor with pressure (no need to drill holes). However, with a drop ceiling we needed to install particle boards on the ceiling studs to create a solid surface. Carl’s mom Judy helped us install the ropes for the ladder, rings, trapeze and spider web when she was in town.

LimiKids customer service has been extremely helpful as some parts of the installation were a bit tricky.

At this time, the LimiKids playground is mainly been used by Maxandre. He loves to use the trapeze as a swing and also likes to use the rings. He finds the monkey bars a bit rough on the hands, but I’ll encourage him to use gym gloves.

Our ceiling (in the basement) is a bit low to take full advantage of the monkey bars since Maxandre is not able climb on top without bumping into the ceiling. A higher ceiling would be ideal, but is not possible in our basement.

We also bought the parallel bars kit, which allows us to do more exercises. I plan to start using it more for myself.

Here is a video with Maxandre:

Our Experience with The Joey Couch

Last year, I had heard great reviews about “The Nugget” modular couch. But as Nugget’s inventory was completely depleted due to the pandemic, I was happy to hear about another similar couch on the way “The Joey”. Best of all, it is from a Canadian company, called Chew Chew Baby Roo (CCBR)! Helen, the mom and creator, along with her team have been offering outstanding service with regular updates about shipping and their products. They also have a Facebook Group to allow discussions between parents about their products.

What is The Joey?

The Joey is made up of 7 pieces and can be ordered in 9 different colours.

  1. The Base
  2. The Support
  3. Half-Moon Arm Rest Pillow
  4. 2 x Small Wedges
  5. Waterproof Liner
  6. Single-Brushed Microsuede Suede Outer Cover
Joey vs Nugget vs Foamnaisum

Price: The price of the Joey with taxes and delivery is approximately $ 338 CAD. For the Nugget and Foamnasium, they cost around $ 400 CAD.

Protection: The biggest difference between the Joey and the Nugget is that the Joey comes with a waterproof protective liner between the foam and micro-suede.

Pieces: Aside from the protective cover, the Joey comes with an arm rest pillow which is not included with the Nugget.

My first impressions:

We chose to order 2 Joeys to offer more flexibility in the configurations we can build. They were ordered in November and we kept it a surprise for the kids. We were hoping to get them for Christmas, but only just got them last week! Here’s a video that shows the kids the first time they saw their Joeys:

First of, no installation is required! The quality of the product seems fantastic and the zippers look solid. The micro-suede was a bit wrinkled at first, which isn’t surprising considering the cushions were all compressed in a box. But I am happy to say that they have quickly smoothed out. One of the half moon cushions was badly scuffed and appeared to be faulty, but after 2 hours it became full size!

Sage is a lovely subtle colour, but it’s a bit pale so care must be taken to keep it from getting dirty. Fortunately, the covers on the couch are completely removable and washable, in addition to having a waterproof liner! If I could re-choose the colour, I think I would go with the navy. However, navy was not available when we ordered. CCBR continues to add colours and is adding teal to the next pre-order. The colours are all gorgeous, I am a little jealous to see some of the new colours!

Since the couch offers endless possibilities, I had fun creating some configurations last weekend. This is right up my alley as I’m a creative person and I also like the kids getting excited over new builds! In my next post, I will display some of these configurations.

I will also share Maxandre & Adélie’s “tests” on the different modular configurations, and ratings for each! Finally, I plan to provide my opinion on the different pieces and whether any I think any additional pieces would be useful. Subscribe to the blog to not miss our Joey posts!

Adélie in the Joey couch
Next Pre-order

Their next pre-order is on April 3 at 3pm, don’t miss it if you’re interested! Due to the pandemic and containers shipping delays at sea, it can take about 90 days to receive the order. We are all patient at this time!

Do you have indoor gyms or modular couches, or would you like some? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

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Under Zackaël’s Wings

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Today was a very cold, but very sunny day. A perfect day to receive a beautiful creation. In fact, earlier this morning, I received a wonderful surprise by courier! In my post “20 Ways to Remember our Loved Ones“, I briefly mentioned that we had asked an artist to create a painting in honour of Zackaël.

Last fall, my mom mentioned that she would like to give me something special in honour of Zackaël. I immediately thought of the artist Vé Boisvert (Véro). My mother replied that she also loved Véro’s paintings. Since we’ve always been impressed by Véro’s work, we thought “why don’t we get each our own painting” in honour of Zackaël. I’ve always liked that Véro’s creations are semi-abstractions, as they allow our imagination to dictate what we want to perceive.

The paintings of Vé Boisvert

Before describing the artwork that I received today, I would like to explain the story behind it. For any custom order, in order to ensure maximum customer satisfaction, Véro first creates two canvases. The first canvas is usually the one that contains the colours requested (preferred) by the customer. For the second canvas, Véro brings another dynamic and generally uses a different technique. Once the two canvases are completed, she lets the client choose the one they prefer between the two.

Since my mother wanted me to be completely satisfied with her gift, we had the idea that Véro could paint my mother’s first. This way, if there was a little something extra that I would like for my canvas, it would be easier to identify after first seeing my mother’s.

My mom chose a 36 ”x 48” horizontal canvas for her living room. I decided on a 60 ”x 48” vertical canvas for my living room.

The two canvases

As described above, Véro created two canvases for my mother to give her the option to choose between two. Once my mom’s painting is completed, Véro will work on mine.

On February 11, my mom and I received photos (from Véro) of the two 36 ”x 48” paintings, from which my mother had to pick her favorite. I immediately loved both canvases. They each have their own personality and differ in their colours and techniques; the first was created by brushstrokes, while the second by spatula strokes. Obviously, the green colour and the personality of Zackaël are reflected in both.

My mom and I both agreed that the first one would go well with her décor and was a good representation of Zackaël. The second one would therefore be sold externally.

However, the more I looked at the second one, the more I fell in love with it. I think it was the colours that really stood out to me. It was then that I decided to buy the second one, which was not at all planned! When I called Véro to tell her, she had already put it up for sale online as soon as she knew my mom had chosen the first one. But I couldn’t let it go!

I thought about my own situation and realized that I didn’t have enough art in my house. The canvas would be perfect for my dining room which always had empty walls!

Why I decided to buy the second painting

First, I love the variety of shades of green, as well as white, colours that represent Zackaël. White is the colour of purity and of an angel, my beautiful Zackaël. The iridescent mauve appealed to me greatly because it reminded me of Adélie. In fact, over the past year I have often posted about Zackaël and Adélie, and I regularly put on a little purple heart to represent Adélie 💜. I also often use a blue heart to symbolize Maxandre 💙, a recurring colour in the canvas. Finally, the bronze and silver bring a beautiful shimmering glow. These two colours enrich the canvas even more and they make me think of metallic armors that Carl and I must have to overcome such an ordeal.

Example of Emoticon Hearts I Would Use

The reveal

When I unwrapped it this morning
The reveal to the kids

The title of the canvas

Thus, I came to realize that the canvas represented our little family perfectly. The four of us are cradled in Zackaël’s wings, his beautiful angelic wings. This is why I titled the artwork “Zackaël nous berce dans ses ailes” which in French, sounds beautiful as “Zackaël” and “ailes” rhyme and is gentle-sounding. However, the translation doesn’t sound as well “Zackaël rocks us in his wings”. It was important for me to include “us” in the title, because we’re all in it (us five), and Zackaël rocks us with him.

“Zackaël’s wings illuminate your heart forever. Powerful, luminous and sparkling, his wings gently rock you ”.

Vé Boisvert, artist

More to come

Later this week, my mother will receive her canvas. Since she lives in Hearst, delivery takes a little longer. I know she can’t wait to receive it. Véro is currently creating my future 60 ”x 48” vertical canvas, for which I will also be able to chose between two options. This artwork that will measure almost double the other and will be installed above our fireplace, in the center of our house. I will be happy to write a post about my mother’s canvas and the one the Véro will create for my living room!

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La thérapie d’Adélie – Adélie’s Therapy

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La blessure d’Adélie est un sujet qui m’a longtemps été malaisant, plus particulièrement lorsque nous étions encore à l’hôpital et obtenions des nouvelles de l’équipe médicale en neurologie. Ayant déjà perdu mon petit Zackaël et souffrant d’un profond deuil et d’une dépression, j’avais du mal à me tenir debout lorsque nous discussions de résultats (tel ceux d’un IRM) au sujet du cerveau d’Adélie. Dans cette publication, je n’irai pas en détails sur sa blessure. En fait, je ne possède pas les informations particulières de sa blessure. Cette publication se portera plutôt sur un type de thérapie que nous entreprenons avec Adélie.

Notre petite Adélie a subi une blessure grave au cerveau. Elle a été frappée par l’orignal du côté gauche de son cerveau ce qui a malheureusement provoqué une lésion permanente. Dans ma publication précédente Mise à jour d’Adélie, je parle un peu de certains handicaps qu’Adélie, plus précisément du côté droit.

Hémiparésie: un déficit causé par des lésions cérébrales ou de la moelle épinière qui engendre une paralysie partielle ou une faiblesse d’un côté du corps. Elle provoque des problèmes de force musculaire, de contrôle musculaire ainsi qu’une raideur musculaire dans les capacités de mouvements.

Pour Adélie, le dommage du côté gauche de son cerveau a entraîné une hémiparésie de ses membres droits. Adélie n’utilisait ni sa main droite ni son bras droit, et utilisait le côté gauche pour tout. Heureusement, son jeune âge est en sa faveur (2 ans au moment de l’accident). Le tissu cérébral détruit ne peut pas retrouver sa fonctionnalité, mais d’autres parties de son cerveau peuvent prendre en charge certaines des responsabilités de la zone détruite. La rééducation est donc importante afin de faciliter ce processus d’apprentissage.

Au début des années 1990, une étude sur des singes, supervisée par le neuroscientifique Edward Taud, a fait des percées majeures dans le domaine de la neuroplasticité. Il a découvert et développé la thérapie par contrainte induite du mouvement (TCIM). Cette thérapie aide les personnes souffrant d’hémiparésie une rééducation du bras et de la main de leur côté paralysé.

Dans l’étude, les membres « forts » des singes ont été immobilisés, les membres qui n’avaient pas été affectés par une blessure. Pour fonctionner, les singes étaient donc maintenant forcés d’utiliser leurs membres atteints, c’est-à-dire leur côté le plus faible. Beaucoup auraient pensé que ceci aurait laissé les singes impuissants. À la grande surprise de plusieurs, les singes ont tous peu-à-peu commencé à utiliser leur côté faible pour manger, jouer et fonctionner.

Avec la TCIM, les exercices répétitifs induisent le développement de nouvelles voies neuronales dans le cerveau, et les patients réapprennent à utiliser le membre paralysé. Le raisonnement de Taub était qu’un singe n’utilisera pas le bras affaibli s’il peut se servir de son bon bras à la place. Cet apprentissage de «non-utilisation» conduit à une détérioration supplémentaire. Cependant, si les deux bras sont faibles, il sera obligé de les utiliser. Cela peut sembler paradoxal, mais l’hypothèse a été confirmée par les expériences.

“Même si c’est un programme intensif où la thérapie se fait sur le bras, c’est en réalité le cerveau qui est formé, pas le bras”

Lynne Gauthier, PROFESSEUR ASSOCIÉe en physiothérapie ET KINÉSIOLOGIE – l’University of Massachusetts Lowell – link to source

La TCIM s’avérer bénéfique chez les patients qui ont subi l’une des conditions suivantes :

  • Accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC)
  • traumatisme crânien (ex. Adélie)
  • Paralysie cérébrale
  • Sclérose en plaques
  • Lésion de la moelle épinière
  • Autres conditions neurologiques

Les patients atteints d’hémiparésie seront souvent découragés d’utiliser les membres affectés en raison de la difficulté qu’ils rencontrent. Nous avons vécu cela avec Adélie, elle aussi semblait involontairement développer un « apprentissage de non-utilisation ». L’apprentissage de « non-utilisation » peut notamment entraîner une détérioration supplémentaire de ses membres inactifs. C’était facile pour elle d’utiliser sa main gauche, mais extrêmement difficile pour elle de même lever sa main droite. Pendant une longue période, sa main droite était complètement serrée et elle semblait même ignorer que sa main droite existait. Pendant son séjour à l’hôpital, en plus de la physiothérapie, Carl et moi lui faisions des étirements de sa main plusieurs fois par jour. Sa main droite était souvent froide et bleuâtre en raison de l’absence de circulation.

Adélie à l’hôpital (3 janvier 2020). Elle n’utilise pas encore sa main gauche mais commence à réaliser que cette main “existe”.

Nous avons finalement commencé à voir des signes qu’elle était consciente de sa main droite seulement des mois après l’accident.

La TCIM nous a été suggérée pour Adélie. Nous nous sommes dit qu’Adélie serait prête pour la TCIM une fois qu’elle ait réappris à marcher. Par contre, Covid et les annulations de ses thérapies ont fait en sorte qu’il fallait reporter l’essai de la TCIM. C’est donc en octobre 2020 que nous avons pu finalement aller de l’avant avec cette thérapie.

Nous avions l’option entre un plâtre permanent ou amovible. Nous avons opté pour le plâtre permanent puisque nous savons à quel point notre petite Adélie peut être déterminée. Il serait difficile pour nous de l’enlever et de le remettre si elle ne coopère pas. Avec un permanent, nous n’avons pas le choix, nous ne pouvons pas l’enlever, elle l’aura 100% du temps.

Le 6 octobre, le bras gauche d’Adélie (« son côté fort ») a été complètement plâtré jusqu’au bout de ses doigts pour la forcer à utiliser son côté droit, son « côté faible ». Pendant ce temps, elle ne pouvait utiliser que la main droite qui a donc été utilisée de manière intensive, main qui normalement est peu utilisée par Adélie.

La TCIM a été plus difficile les premiers jours, surtout le soir au coucher. Adélie pleurait et me suppliait de l’enlever, « enlève » pleurait-elle. C’était inconfortable pour elle et il faut se rappeler que sa main droite était très limitée dans ce qu’elle pouvait faire. Nous devions ainsi être là pour l’aider davantage et la réconforter en lui disait qu’on ne pouvait pas l’enlever.

Adélie s’est habituée assez vite. Elle est une vraie championne. Malheureusement durant le temps de sa thérapie, elle a attrapé une infection urinaire avec une bactérie très résistante. Ceci a fait en sorte qu’elle ne se sentait pas bien (fièvre, manque d’énergie, etc), donc nous avons décidé d’arrêter la thérapie après 18 jours. C’était seulement quelques jours d’avance, nous voulions environ 3 semaines de TCIM.

Main gauche d’Adélie après le plâtre enlevé

Nous planifions une autre TCIM à la mi-janvier. La thérapie sera répétée probablement quelques fois par année. À ce stade, nous ne savons pas si la main et le bras d’Adélie pourront revenir à la normale. La TCIM est encore une thérapie qui est récente et fait donc l’objet de plusieurs études.

Pour Adélie, la réhabilitation se continuera pendant plusieurs années. Nous sommes confiants que son petit cerveau ira chercher des neurones de quelque part d’autre pour compenser celles détruites de son côté gauche de son cerveau.

“Le cerveau est très stable à moins qu’il doit changer”

Dr. Nico Dosenbach, Pediatric Neurologist and Systems Neuroscientist at Washington University School of Medicine – LINK TO SOURCE

On continuera toujours de travailler fort avec Adélie. En fait, la semaine passée, nous avons reçu de la rétroaction très positive de la part de ses thérapeutes et des éducatrices de la garderie. Nous remarquons tous une grande amélioration de ses membres droits. Elle utilise de plus en plus sa main droite pour les activités qu’elle fait. Bravo Adélie, nous somme fiers de toi!

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Adélie’s Therapy

Adélie’s injury has long been an uneasy subject for me, especially when we were still in the hospital hearing details about her injury and recovery from her neurological team. Having already lost my little Zackaël and suffering a deep depression, I found it difficult to stand up when discussing results (such as an MRI) about Adélie’s brain. The main subject of this post isn’t about the details of her injury, in fact I don’t even have all of those details. Instead, I will discuss a type of therapy we are undertaking with Adélie.

Our little Adélie suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when the moose impacted on the left side of her head, which unfortunately resulted in permanent damage. In a previous post, Adélie’s Update, I talked a bit about some of Adélie’s disabilities, specifically on the right side.

Hemiparesis: a condition caused by brain damage or spinal cord injury that leads to partial paralysis or weakness on one side of the body. It causes weakness, problems with muscle control, and muscle stiffness.

Adélie in the hospital (January 3, 2020). She does not use her left hand yet but is starting to realize that her right hand “exists”.

For Adélie, the damage to the left side of her brain resulted in hemiparesis of her right limbs. As she began her recovery, Adélie used neither her right hand nor her right arm, instead using the left side for everything. Fortunately, her young age works in her favour (she was 2 at the time of the accident). The damaged brain tissue cannot regain its functionality, but other parts of her brain may take over some of the responsibilities of the damaged area. Rehabilitation is therefore important in order to facilitate this learning process.

In the early 1990s, a study involving monkeys, supervised by a neuroscientist Edward Taud, made major breakthroughs in the area of neuroplasticity. He discovered and developed the constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) which helps people who have developed a “learned non-use” as a result of a neurological injury. CIMT is used to help people suffering from hemiparesis to retrain the arm and hand of the paralyzed side of their body.

In the study, the scientists immobilized (restrained) the monkeys’ stronger limbs, which many would have thought would leave the monkeys helpless. The monkeys were therefore forced to use their affected limbs, their “weaker side”. To the surprise of many, the monkeys gradually all started using their weaker side to eat, play and function.

With CIMT, the repetitive exercises induce the development of new neural pathways in the brain, and the patients learn to use the paralyzed limb again. Taub’s reasoning was that a monkey will not use the weak arm if it can rely on its good arm instead. If both arms are weakened, however, it will be forced to use them. This might seem paradoxical, but the hypothesis was confirmed by the experiments.

“Even though it’s an intensive program where they’re training the arm, you’re really training the brain, not the arm”

Lynne Gauthier, PROFESSEUR ASSOCIÉe en physiothérapie ET KINÉSIOLOGIE – l’University of Massachusetts Lowell – LINK TO SOURCE

CIMT might be beneficial for patients who encountered the following conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (ex. Adélie)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Other neurological conditions

Patients with Hemiparesis will often be discouraged from using the affected limbs because of the difficulty they encounter. We experienced this with Adélie, she was involuntarily starting to develop this “learned non-use” which can actually lead to further deterioration of her unused limb. It was so easy for her to use her left hand, but extremely hard for her to even lift her right hand. For a long period of time, her right hand used to be completely clenched and she seemed unaware that her right hand even existed. During her hospital stay, in addition to the physio, Carl and I would stretch her hand several times per day. Her right hand would often be cold and blueish from no circulation. We finally began to see signs of her being aware of her right hand months after the accident.

We had the option of a permanent or removable cast. We opted for the permanent cast since we know how determined our little Adélie can be. It would be difficult for us to take it off and put it back on if she didn’t cooperate. With a permanent one, we have no choice, it cannot be taken off and it will be on her 100% of the time.

On October 6, Adélie’s left arm (“her strong side”) was completely cast all the way down to her fingertips to force her to use her right side, her “weak side”. The right hand was thus used intensively, after having been barely used at all by Adélie for almost a year since the accident.

CIMT was difficult during the first few days, especially at bedtime. Adélie was crying and begging me to take her off the cast, “enlève” she cried. It was uncomfortable for her. She would get frustrated because her right hand was very limited in what it could do. We therefore had to help her more and comfort her while explaining that it couldn’t be removed.

Adélie got used to it pretty quickly. She is a true champion. Unfortunately, during the time of her therapy, she contracted a urinary tract infection from a very resistant bacteria. This made her feel unwell (fever, lack of energy, etc), so we decided to stop the therapy after 18 days, only a few days shy of our planned 3 weeks of CIMT.

We are planning another CIMT in mid-January. The therapy will probably be repeated a few times a year. At this point, we don’t know if Adélie’s hand and arm will ever be able to return to normal. CIMT is still a therapy which is recent and is still the subject of several ongoing studies.

Adélie’s left hand once the cast removed

For Adélie, the rehabilitation will continue for several years. She has made so much amazing progress already, in all aspects of her life, and we’re confident that her little brain will continue to rewire and pick up neurons from elsewhere to make up for those damaged on her left side of her brain

“The brain is very stable unless it has to change”

Dr. Nico Dosenbach, Pediatric Neurologist and Systems Neuroscientist at Washington University School of Medicine – LINK TO SOURCE

We will always continue to work hard with Adélie. In fact, over the past week we have received lots of positive feedback from his therapists and educators at the daycare. We all noticed impressive improvement in her right-side limbs. She is using her right hand more and more for the activities she does. Bravo Adélie, we are proud of you!

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Source: A Scientist’s Pink Cast Leads To Discovery About How The Brain Responds To Disability, Jon Hamilton, June 18, 2020,,

Adélie update – Mise à jour Adélie

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Juste avant que je commence ma publication d’aujourd’hui, j’aimerais vous laisser savoir que j’ai mis à jour celle à propos de l’arbre à l’école, notamment rajouté une photo avec les lumières! Si jamais vous passez, n’hésitez pas à rajouter une petite décoration ou lumière.

Beaucoup de gens me demandent souvent “comment Adélie va?”. Voici un petit résumé à propos d’Adélie et quelques mises à jour.

Sa thérapie continue et elle fait des beaux progrès. Nous avons passé 103 jours à l’hôpital avec elle, remplis de hauts et de bas. Nous sommes sortis de l’hôpital le 27 février, le lendemain de la fête à Zackaël. Depuis sa rentrée à la maison, nous avons fait de notre mieux pour continuer sa thérapie (par nous-mêmes ou en ligne) pendant le confinement. Durant ce temps, elle a continué à réapprendre à marcher et par la fin mars elle marchait par elle-même. Nous continuons à travailler très fort sur sa mobilité de ses membres du côté droit, particulièrement son bras et sa main. Elle porte également et encore aujourd’hui une orthèse de soutien pour son pied et sa jambe. Sa jambe et son pied sont beaucoup moins raides avec son orthèse. Depuis la fin juin, nous avons pu reprendre les services de thérapie pour Adélie. Elle obtient des services hebdomadaires d’ergothérapie, de physiothérapie ainsi que d’orthophonie. Nous sommes choyés de travailler avec une équipe fabuleuse de thérapeutes. Nous sommes tellement fiers d’elle et de sa détermination. Elle est une petite fille très enjouée qui adore les gens.

Adélie a recommencé la garderie le 2 octobre (elle n’était jamais retournée après l’accident). Depuis le début octobre, elle a toutefois passé beaucoup à la maison dû à des rhumes et une infection (qui est maintenant complétement traitée). Elle a également reçu certains traitements et rendez-vous médicaux récemment, dont j’en parlerai dans une autre publication.

Ci-dessous vous trouverez deux vidéos et une photo prises à son retour à la garderie, presque 11 mois depuis l’accident. Pendant presque 1 an, elle n’avait pas joué avec ses amis (à part une visite à l’hôpital de sa meilleure amie Addison). Vous pouvez voir qu’elle était très excitée de commencer la garderie! “Bye bye!” nous a-t-elle dit. La photo est avec son frère Maxandre.

Encore une fois, merci à vous tous qui nous ont aidé durant la dernière année. Merci également à vous qui continuez à nous écrire et de démontrer votre appui.

Adélie Flintoff

Just before I start my post today, I’d like to let you know that I updated the one about the tree at school, including added a photo with the lights! If you ever pass by, don’t hesitate to add a little decoration or light.

Here’s a quick recap about Adélie over the last year and some updates. Her therapy continues and she is making great progress. We spent 103 days in the hospital with her, which was filled with ups and downs. We were released from the hospital on February 27, the day after the Zackaël party. Since coming home, we have done our best to continue her therapy (some on our own or online) while in lockdown. During this time, she continued to relearn to walk and by the end of March she was walking on her own. We continue to work very hard to recover her mobility of her limbs on her right side, especially her arm and hand. She also still wears a supportive brace for her foot and leg. Her leg and foot are much less stiff with the brace. Since the end of June, we have been able to resume therapy services for Adélie. She obtains weekly occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy services. We are blessed to work with a fabulous team of therapists. We are so proud of her and her determination. She is a very playful little girl who adores people.

Adélie started daycare again on October 2 (first time since the accident). However, since the beginning of October, she has spent a lot at home due to colds and an infection (which is now fully treated). She also received some medical treatments and appointments, which I will discuss at some point in another post.

Above are two videos taken on the first day back at daycare, almost 11 months since the accident. For almost a year, she hadn’t played with her friends (other than a visit during her stay in the hospital from her best friend Addison). You can see that she was very excited to start daycare! “Bye bye” she told us! The picture is with her brother Maxandre.

Once again, thank you to all of you who have helped us over the past year. Thank you also to continue to write to us and show your support.