Super Zebra Dude! (duhn duhn duhn)This new and improved super hero's secret powers include charming the socks off of anyone who wears socks, melting the coldest and stoniest of hearts with only his smile, winning attention by batting his blonde eyelashes at any sweet thang that passes his way, and keeping his mother up at all hours of the night with an appetite that is so grand that it should most definitely win some kind of award. Super Zebra Dude to the rescue!
So, Nateman's all taped up and ready for his audition with "Smurfs on Broadway". He didn't quite care for his therapy session today because it was pretty much a solid half hour of the exercises he has grown to dislike mucho grande. We are seeing a slight improvement in his breathing right after his exercises...at the beginning of today's session, his respiratory rate was 80 breaths per minute and fell to 64 breaths per minute at the end of the session. (Normal for his age is around 40 breaths per minute) While the decrease in his respiratory rate is short lived after his exercises, it is a step in the right direction. We are hoping that using the kinesio tape for a few weeks will help bring his ribs down some and start training his brain in breathing correctly.
The kinesio tape on Nathan is designed to "strengthen a weakened muscle by providing biofeedback information from the skin and muscles to the brain to increase muscle activation" (from an information sheet Nate's therapist gave me today). Pretty cool, huh? I asked the therapist today for her honest opinion of whether she thought that Nathan's breathing issues were just something anatomical or if she though they were a result of something else we haven't found yet. She confirmed what we had been thinking over the past couple of weeks in that she thought the breathing issues were secondary to a bigger problem within him. I just pray that the neurologist will be able to figure the little dude out and shed some more light on all of this.
It has been a blast watching Nathan grow more and more each day. He's a little ham that smiles nearly every time you look at him...and speaking of ham, he's about as big as a big ole' ham too. Gosh, this kid is growing fast. After trying him for a couple of minutes at a time in the Bumbo the past few days, he was finally strong enough to sit in it for a good 10 minutes today...and he loved every bit of it. Can't ya tell?