Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Belated September 16, 2008- Our Visit For Dario In Naples...












part of the long, windy driveway of the hospital...

View from the long, windy driveway of the hospital, Vesuvius and part of the city of Naples (aka Napoli)

closer view of the hospital...

View of part of Naples from the long, windy driveway of the hospital...

The view of Vesuvius from the long, windy driveway leaving the hospital...

the hospital view from the bottom of the long, windy drive way...

The hospital sign...

Part of the gate of the hospital...








Vesuvius, on our way home

Remember Dario was born with Congenital Muscular Torticollis. I posted about that back in June. I have given some updates along the months of how his therapy had been going, and I even introduced you to Maria Pia, the physical therapist.

Well, back in September we had a visit to determine how Dario was doing with everything. About a month or so before, we had gotten Dario an ultra sound of the muscles in his neck, and that confirmed that, in fact, his muscles appeared almost completely symmetrical. That means that there was NO ripping of his neck muscle when he was born. Actually, that means that the Torticollis was caused by his positioning in-utero. Not that that is comfortable either, but it meant far less therapy, and far less stress.

So, anyway, the appointment in Naples... I was so nervous. We, Maria Pia and I, had already been fighting with Dario to do his therapy for about a month and a half, and I was dreading being told that his progress was too slow, that things were worse, or that we had to continue with the therapy for much longer. Of course I wanted to do what was best for my baby, BUT... it was a REALLY hard, a REALLY stressful few months for our entire family.

As it turned out, the doctor heard what I had to say, looked at the ultra sound results, went to stretch Dario's neck from side to side, and turned to me. She agreed that he was fighting against the therapy. She could tell just in the two minutes she handled him. And, she said that if we continued to do the therapy it could possibly start to cause MORE damage if the muscles were forced since he was actually excercising the contrary muscle by pulling away every time. She said that he has shown significant progress since his last visit, that once he, especially, started walking, his left-over slant in his neck would adjust itself. So, she then proceeded to give us the news that HE WAS DONE!!! I felt tears welling up at the news, but waited til we were back in the car to let them out. God is so good!!!

We had a gorgeous day to take some pictures of the most amazing view, and God provided a way out of a very difficult time. Praise His Name!!!

Dario IS doing so much better since September. You can barely see the slant when you look at the nape of his neck, and the muscles of his face are more symmetrical. Now that he is beginning to walk, I can already see how it is helping him and strengthening him.

God provided for all of our needs, He heard and answered our prayers, and He gave us the strength, hope, and faith we needed to get through every challenging day. We cried many tears, we were stretched in our faith, and we can now look back and see how He was there, helping and comforting, supporting and guiding, ALL ALONG THE WAY.

Again, I will say it... Praise God!!!

By the way, the pictures were drive by pictures, so they do not all do justice to the beauty of THIS part of Naples. There are some amazing architecture and building designs. There are many other parts that I dislike very much, but this part is always a pleasure to visit.

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