Well, we’ve started getting ready for school to start. This next week we will start going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. Zipppy has started reading a book that he needs to read for the first day of school. And Chloe has ramped up her walking.
During the summer, Chloe doesn’t use her walker much. For big trips she uses her wheelchair; for smaller trips she just walks and holds our hand. So each summer we have to purposely keep Chloe’s distance walking up so she will be able to do it the first day of school.
School is physically taxing for her, and if the walking from class to class wore her out, then she’d have nothing left for her academic work.
This summer, distance walking/exercise hasn’t been our priority. (Reading and communication and self-care have been.) And over the summer, Chloe’s hips and hamstrings have gotten tighter and tighter. Her body has been working against her somewhat as her feet and legs just don’t cooperate with her for the most part right now, and I think it’s painful for her to walk most days.
But since school is only 2 weeks away, it is time to get the girl back in shape!
When we went to the mall yesterday for our first day of mall walking, I expected some complaining and some tuckerin’ out. But Chloe was a champ! She walked twice the distance I thought she’d be able to and never complained and never asked to quit.
Today was day two of mall walking and she walked even farther. Yay! I’m so proud of her!
A side note of additional victory is the fact that she is able to function in the mall! It is loud! And there is lots to take in! It didn’t seem to bother her, and she enjoyed feeling the windows and seeing the sights.
Overall, I stand amazed! She never fails to surpass my expectations!