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November 6, 2006

Night Splint

Great news! Taegan's night splint for her left foot is finally finished! Finding pajamas with an enclosed foot that would fit over the splint proved to be futile, so we're going to try putting a large sock over the splint, in the hopes that she will be unable to remove the splint at night.

She is to wear it every night to bed. It is supposed to help prevent muscle contracture of her left foot/ankle. If a contracture were to occur, there is nothing that you can do to correct it. Her foot would be 'stuck,' or contracted in one position forever if that were to happen.

The orthotist said her foot had lost range since the last time in the office (approximately one month ago), so it appears we got the splint just in time!

Wish us luck with Taegan being able to tolerate it and leaving it on all night long! She is such a restless sleeper, I imagine it might be a challenge until she gets used to it.

In other news, Taegan's pediatrician is scheduling a sleep study for Taegan sometime soon (we're waiting on a phone call to tell us when/where etc.) As most of you know, Taegan had apnea shortly after her birth, and had to wear an apnea monitor until 12 months of age. We had thought that was mostly due to her issues with reflux, but it seems that it might be unrelated at this point. Many times during Taegan's times of sleep, I will hear her gasping for breath over the baby monitor. So, I'll sleep easier once that is resolved.

Taegan's new AFO's are working out well for her too! She hasn't even attempted to take them off yet! Amazing!! I'll take some pictures with her wearing them and post them soon.

Much love to all of Taegan's earth angels......

November 1, 2006

A Special Earth Angel ~Mary VanNoy~

Taegan has been receiving craniosacral therapy treatments once weekly from Certified CranioSacral Therapist Mary L. VanNoy of Essence In Harmony, part of Sacred Space Healing Center in Greenwood, IN. Mary lovingly assists Taegan on her journey toward living free of dis-ease and releasing restrictions in the craniosacral system. Taegan just loves Mary and showers her with hugs and kisses!!!

I'm a firm believer in CranioSacral therapy... as a practitioner myself, I've seen many people go on to live pain-free lives after regular CST treatments.

If any of you are interested in this wonderful, non-invasive therapy, I highly recommend you seek a treatment from Mary. She can be reached via phone at 317-727-6420 or by email at . Her office is located at: Sacred Space Healing Center
2801 Fairview Place
Suite K
Greenwood, IN

Below is a brief description of CranioSacral Therapy as well as some of the conditions it is used to treat.

CST was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

Migraine Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Motor-Coordination Impairments
Central Nervous System Disorders
Orthopedic Problems
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Infantile Disorders
Learning Disabilities
Chronic Fatigue
Emotional Difficulties
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Surgical Dysfunction