Archive for May, 2013

Papillo and Choo!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

First meeting with Conejo!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Off we go

Friday, May 31st, 2013

This is different!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Yahoo!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Malia y Conejo!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

April 9th 2013

Here is how the story goes…..Ever since Irene was working with me we have talked about horse therapy. You see, Papillo our neighbor, has been telling mom for a year now to put me on his Conejo. (conejo means rabbit in Spanish but conejo is really a horse!) I was never able to ride Conejo last year as we never had a moments chance as I was always in the hospital! So finally the time has come!!! :) What is really neat is that Papillo has a grandson who has special needs and Choo has been riding Conejo ever since he was a little boy. Choo doesn’t speak like me but he can talk with his eyes! Conejo has the reputation around town of being the mildest, sweetest, most easy going Horse and I cant wait to get on him!

MariaJose was not trained in Equine Therapy(horse therapy) so mom and dad sent her to a program outside of San Jose where she went for two weekends and learned how to ride with special needs children. SHe learned many different techniques and enjoyed the class and the instructor! Once I had approval from my doctor I was ready to go and try out riding Conejo with Maria!! First Maria had to get to know Conejo. Papillo brought Conejo to my house and everyone had the chance to get to know him! Selva and Indio were not very impressed with having a horse around and barked a bit but they knew better than mess around! After Maria familiarized herself with Conejo, she brought him over to me. Right away we were very intrigued with one another. We just stared at each other and Malia took my hand and petted Conejo nose and I liked the way he felt. The first day was simply an introduction of Conejo to this crazy household! Conejo is going to fit right in!

The following week it was time for me to mount Conejo. Maria put me on Conejo and I did quite well. Maria told me that many kids the first time they are put on the horse they cry but I did not want to cry at all. I was quite happy being up there! Conejo has soft hair and he is very gentle. We hung out like that for awhile then Maria remembered my black neoprene suit that I use to help me sit better. So we changed me into that and then she laid me over Conejo’s tummy and we went for a very slow walk. After that we rode backwards which was neat and I did pretty good for the very first time. I began to get a little fussy and had to have my mommy hold me for a minute but I got back on and off we went. I was on Conejo for thirty minutes and for the first time I am feeling proud of myself and Maria! She did an excellent job balancing me and herself. The benefits of equine therapy is that it will improve my balance, muscle tone, and motor coordination. Being on top of Conejo stimulates my entire body. It is a great new therapy and I feel very privileged to be able to experience it. Papillo our neighbor has agreed to bring me Conejo once a week so that I can ride! I cant wait for the next time. Thanks Mom and Dad for doing this for me and thank you Maria Jose for being such a great therapist. You make me feel safe in your arms.
Happy trails,
Love Malia

Post surgery check up!

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

April 5th
A month has passed since my surgery and I have a check up with Dra. Jimenez. She wants to make sure my incisions are healing well and also to see if I get the green light to go horseback riding and swimming! My mom and dad sent Maria Jose to a course in San Jose on horse therapy. She was trained out at a ranch outside of San Jose where they teach therapists how to ride with Special Needs kids like me. She is really excited to try out what she has learned with me! I am excited as well, as I have never been on a horse before but I think I am going to like it. My mom says it is in my blood as she rode horses when she was a young girl.

The appointment went great we also changed my gtube in her office so I have a new one and Dr.Jimenez was very impressed how I was healing. I have also gained weight as well. She told me I was ready for more activities and that I am good to go! We are all very happy! The following day I had my six month check up with Dr. Luna, my neurologist. It was time for an evaluation. As I had mentioned before my seizures have come back and we are contemplating right now changes in my medications and raising my dosage on what I am currently taking for the seizures. The appointment went well and for now we will try raising different meds to see if that helps.

On our way back to Delicias we swung by CIMA and did some lab work to see how my Hemoglobin and Valporic levels were doing. This was the quickest trip we have ever made to San Jose! We were in and out in two days! Yeah we are headed home!!!
Love Malia

Easter Sunday

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Easter hunt!

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Mis amigas!

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Yemma, Sade, and Maya