Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wii and CCD

I am so beat. Here are a few notes, though:
  • I called up the place where C did physical therapy last year to tell them how successful she'd been working with Wii balance games at home and to offer to buy them a set. Anyway, I talked to the boss, and discovered my call was a bit too late. The boss had gone to a special training on the use of Wii for physical therapy and they'd already purchased two sets. I'm very pleased that the Wii has so quickly gained acceptance in the therapy community, because C made tremendous progress on her balance from doing the skateboard simulation for an hour or two at a time, day after day, week after week. I know from our reading that a number of therapy methods have disappointing results. However, as my husband said about the Wii, if the Wii balance exercises didn't improve balance, nothing else could work.
  • Speaking of balance, we went to a playground near the hospital after D had a doctor's appointment but before dinner. The playground is new and is a sort of Dr. Seuss/M.C. Escher hybrid, and has already started to break down in spots. Anyway, there was one item there that the kids really enjoyed once they figured it out. It's hard to explain (although here's a picture from the product catalogue), but it's a circle that's set up at a bit of an angle, so that it's almost a sort of treadmill: as the child walks up the circle, gravity and the child's weight makes the circle turn. It's an excellent balance exercise, but as with some of the other items on that playground, it looked like lawsuit material. You could also use it more safely as a merry-go-round.
  • C had missed one or two CCD classes, so last night, she had 8 pages of worksheets to do. We didn't have her CCD textbook and it was HARD. What is confirmation? Why is Mary the mother of the church? Why, indeed? Thanks, internet! I couldn't have done it without you.
  • I don't really like to type these words, but our mega-roaches (which I have been expecting, as Californians traditionally await the return of the swallows to San Juan Capistrano) have not come back yet. I think they should have been here a month ago, and when I have to go to the bathroom at night, I keep expecting to see a large dark shape darting for cover.
  • It looks like we may get a new water heater from our landlord. The pilot light on our current gas water heater has been going out at least once a day.

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