Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Snapshot- "It Bends"

A couple weeks ago I told you Lily was getting a new leg, that bends. It is here, and it bends.
prosthetic1
The knee has been a HUGE change for her. She can no longer walk independently. Physical therapy is helping her learn to bend and walk on the knee. In between those sessions and us helping her, she uses her walker.

prosthetic2
The "socket" has new fabric! It was picket out by Mom and chosen by Lily! She is really into Hello Kitty lately. So the socket has Hello Kitty all over it!

lily_serious2
She is doing SO well. But it's hard seeing her cry when her knee gives out unexpectedly.

lily_serious(fixed)
And you can see her death grip as she cruises along furniture. She becomes so scared of it bending she practically drags it along. She is getting better though. 

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I'm not concerned, she'll be running before I know it! Despite the fact her world has changed she still keeps smiling on.

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Sometimes I wish I had her determination. She never gives up.

The first image was taken with a
Nikon D5000
Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G
The settings were
ISO 500
66mm
F/ 4.5
1/400

Ni Hao Yall
Happy Jax

35 comments:

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

This post is beyond words ~ Wow! Beautiful little girl and lots of healing hugs to her ~ and you ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Sophi Belle said...

Yay for the new leg!! It looks awesome and I'm sure she will learn to use it properly. <3 Yes, children can be very strong and full of resources.

Rosemary Aubut said...

I am wiping away the teas! She has so much courage and is truly a hero!

Hannah said...

Yay! Congrats on the new leg. I'm sure she'll get used to it before long! :)

Teri said...

What an amazing little girl you have! Beautiful post on life!

Nancy Claeys said...

What an inspiring post, Emma. Children are so resilient -- you are right that she will be running and jumping in no time. xo

Mock-Turtle said...

Oh my word, what an inspiring little girl. I really hope she gets the hang of it soon. Keep smiling wee friend. x

Melanie said...

Hey girly! I've been so MIA lately from blog land, I've missed your beautiful pictures & your endearing posts! Can I just tell ya, you are absolutely an incredible photographer for any age, the fact that you are 14 is AMAZING! I am such a fan! Now let's talk about this inspiration of a post. Both of you girls are so strong, so inspiring, & you can just feel the love. I ADORED this post, blessed to get to read it! Have a wonderful week, & thanks a bunch for linking up!

Nita Davis said...

The new leg is great, love the Hello Kitty socket. My husband had a leg much like this little ones and yes it was a challenge to learn to walk on but you are right with therapy she will be running soon. Wonderful post and photography.

Ruthie said...

Oh my! CUTEST post ever!

Kate said...

She is beautiful...and I can see the determination in her beautiful eyes. Gorgeous photos.

Madge Bloom said...

Kids are so resilient, she'll be running in no time! What a precious little girl!

Kylee said...

Wow. I am new to your blog today....what a beautiful little girl you have. So much courage! Best wishes you her (and you) and you continue traveling this journey. No doubt she'll be running all over the place soon enough!

Siiri said...

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Shelby said...

Wow...such a great post!! She is so courageous and she'll be running like the wind in no time! Such great pictures.

Stefanie said...

LOVE these shots... she is just adorable! What a big change for her, she sounds like one very special little girl :)
Happy Sunday!

Rachel~Wildflower Photography Studio and a little bit vintage said...

such a lovely captures! :) my daughter has the same dress...it's one of my faves. :)

Brooke said...

Wow! What a beautiful post! And a CUTE little bitty!!

Danielle said...

Just beautiful!!!

Susan said...

Aww, what a little trooper! Beautiful photos.

Pat said...

What a beautiful series! You've done a good job portraying Lily's courageous spirit.

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...

She is so sweet. Love the pictures! What a determined little girl. :)

Love the new look!

God bless,
Joy :)

Danielle Schaub said...

What a beautiful little girl you have! Her smile looks like it would light up a room! Great pictures!

Yvette said...

So cute & love the fabric!

Shay Ankerich said...

Awesome post and your photog is gorgeous!!! Love that big smile!!!!

Theressa Putland said...

What a beautiful post! Through your photo's and words I could feel your love for your sister so strongly. Her new leg is amazing and like you said, she just needs to learn how to use it and she'll be off a running in no time. LOVED this post.

erica @ expatria, baby said...

Oh my goodness...how wonderful and also heartbreaking to see such a determined little girl try so hard and get so scared.
I'm visiting for the first time via. Ni hao y'all (PS I used to live in China) and i had a click around...I'm really inspired by your family's story and your great photographs. Really. You're amazing!

Jenny said...

Bless her heart. What a beautiful little girl.

MG Atwood said...

Fabulous photos! Such a beautiful girl, and I love the story you have told with these photos. Joining you from finagle a foto.

Sennie said...

How wonderful<3

Brittany said...

love it!

shelly said...

Very touching post. And great photo's!!

Shecki Grtlyblesd said...

My Hannah from China has a non-bending leg. Thanks for the heads up that transitioning to an articulating knee leg might not be as easy as we thought!

amy said...

Her smile is captivating! What a strong and courageous little sitter you have and your photos are beautiful!!! Congrats on being chosen SS winner for last week :) What a blessing you must be to your Lily to have you as a big sister who obviously loves her very much.

Donna said...

I saw your photo featured on Ni Hao Ya'll, and had to share...our 5 year old adopted son from China also has an above the knee prosthetic, and it looks a lot like your daughter's. This is his second leg, and the first with a knee (it looks almost exactly like your daughter's). He's been very hesitant to bend it, and generally avoids it by swinging it out to the side. We go to Shriner's in Greenville, SC and they've recently told us that it's okay for now, that his next leg will have more room (length) and will make the bending easier / more natural / not as scary! Dylan also hates to have it bend unexpectantly, hence the avoidance.

Just thought I'd share! We have a blog as well, www.handsful.com Come by and check our little guy out! (We also have 4 bio kids and a 6 year old daughter from China)
Donna