shoe inserts called Chipmuncks?

Hello everyone

Bella wanted to share that she been wearing her Inserts for a while now and they are Chickmuncks. They look like they are apart of her shoe and no one needs to know she is wearing them.

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Bella had to break them in for the first few days but she is doing amazing and the inserts are helping her walk better. Bella insert help her with her running wearing her inserts has helped with her running as there is less impact when she lands on her feet the inserts absorb the sock form the feet hitting the ground when she runs.  I have noticed how proud and tall she is walking around in them a big change over something so tiny I guess that's why they call them chickmuncks. As you can see from the picture when the inserts are in you can not notice a thing different about Bella or her shoes.

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Children's special health covers one pair but the cost for these are inexpensive  I found a pair online here   https://cascadedafo.com/products/chipmunk

 

 

 

The shoes we buy for Bella we get at a place locally called little chicks that link is here.

https://www.facebook.com/LittleChickShoeShopInc/ here is their Facebook page I was not able to find their website.

Bella needs a high arch shoe and the New balance line is perfect for her feet issues. Since we invested in a great pair of shoes and the inserts there has been a lot less ankle feet pain. The Physical therapist we took Bella too a few years ago suggested that we shop at little chicks and now we never buy her shoes any where else.

The price is a bit more then what we would pay for a 10 year olds shoes because she out grows them so fast but the store gives a year warrenty on wear and tear I love their customer service small store so they provide a lot of one on one they are there to help pick out the perfect pair of shoes for your child in your budget. New balance are a bit higher end in the price range but a quality shoe makes all the difference. I buy two pairs of shoes for her at a time. They even put in regular inserts but because Bella now has these Afo inserts we dont need to use the older pair. When Bella was younger Bella had to wear leg braces and over time she has grown has done a ton of Ot and Pt and is doing so much better with treatment than with out treatment. The only problem is we have to miss school one day a week in order to attend these  visits for treatment. It has been a struggle staying on top of home work but we have manage to do okay and in the end her physical health has been improving. Bella still has some leg pains but over time and as we continue to do Ot and Pt things are working out for Bella really well with backflen being a huge help for night time leg pains Bella used to wake up crying and screaming in pain. Sometimes she still does but with some lotion and rubbing the knots out has helped. Bella wanted to do a video for you guys of us working the knots out but I don't know how well I can hold a camera and rub her knots in her legs out.

I wanted to share because leg pains and 22q is common among some of the kids I mentor and and a few parents online have wanted to know what we do for Bella and her leg pains. Bella leg pains are caused from a mild form of Cp you can learn about cp here on this website.

http://yourcpf.org/

Bella has a mild form of spastic cp that effects her lower legs.

on top of the cp she has 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. DiGeorge syndrome and a few other health issues that go along with having a piece of genetic material missing

to learn what 22q is check out the 22q foundation webpage were we have been featured on a few dozen times.

http://22qfamilyfoundation.org/

We are always willing to talk open about any issues and answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for reading and letting Bella share the inserts she has she has a desire to help other kids like I do who have 22q together we are getting the word out one page view at a time

until next time friends be kind to each other always

 

 

Happy Saint Patrick's Day Youtube video.

 

Happy Saint Patrick Day everyone

It feels like it has been ages since I wrote an actual blog post.

If you been following along on social media we were sick all of us for Dec, Jan and Feb we had so many missed days of school.

Bella had more doctors visits then I ever care for her to have and and even ordered Bella's orthopedic shoe inserts.

These doctors appointments are what keeps her doing as well as she has no matter how much you can say you know what 22q is if you don't attend these appointments take a child to as many doctors as we do I mean she has one doctor for every body part and as much as I wish I was exaggerating I am not when I say from head to toe Bella has a specialist. 

when you are missing pieces of your Dna you have to stay on top of it all and it's not easy. Sometimes it is a full time job. The paperwork the back and forth to doctors. Trying to figure out meals and plan family events is not as simple as not having these doctor visits. keeping her grades up is not easy it takes an entire team. 

I personally thank everyone who goes out of their way to help Bella and has Bella's best interests both physically and emotionally as those are the areas she struggles in not just educationally.

Lot's of aqua therapy, Physical therapy, Psychology and we are starting up with Occupational therapy. All of this at a rehab hospital and all of this in the mix of Bella getting the flu or picking up something this winter each and every time I got her better it seems as though she would look at another sick kid at school and pick something else up. It was never ending.

We raised $605 for the American Heart Association with the help of some of my friends and our supporters online. Which I want to say that Bella class is top earners and they earned  a Wii party. I only wish we had a few more supporters locally. 

With family scattered between mine in Toronto and Adam's family in fl we are doing this on our own for the most part and with out respite or an aid. We have a few church friends we can call on and I am forever greatful for that and their friendships. 

Girls on the run has started back up and we both are training for a 5k race you might have seen my awful times I posted on Instagram. 

I just want to get back into shape tone up drop a few pounds and complete the 5k with out coming in almost dead last. 

Last year we did the race I came in so far behind infact Bella was done 30 minutes a head of me. That's how slow I was at running. I more like jogged and walked the 5k.

This year I want to be just a little faster. I am using my fitbit and logging in my food tracking my sleep and eating habits. Adam has even joined in on the diet plan he has to watch his calories and loose weight too. All this while Bella has to some how gain weight. She eats and burns off her calories fast like a runner. 

Even while Bella has struggles with leg pains from the cerebral Palsy and the other issues we are dealing with that come with the 22q we are moving along forward with treatments.

Bella struggles with loud sounds and the stress of school has started to weigh in on her trying to catch up with school work because we have to attend these appointments every Tuesday which we have been doing since September. With her illness she manage to have 25 extra absences but a doctors note and managing to some how keep sanity.

We wanted to update everyone along the way but there was not enough hours in a day.

As you might have seen on Instagram we have a new couch and I finally got a dslr Camera Feb 10 was my birthday and Feb 23 was our 13 year anniversary of the day Adam and I fist met.

As a thank you to all of you who supported Bella in her Hoops for heart we made a Happy Saint Patrick's Day Video see video here . https://youtu.be/iRcCXNGbdDY

For dinner we are making corn beef and cabbage.

I will leave you guys with my favorite Saint Patrick's day quote.

“Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.” -St. Patrick

what have you been up to? What is your favorite Saint Patricks Day quote?