Cerebral Palsy ————————— Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and co-ordination, caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth.
In James’ case; lack of oxygen minutes after he was born.
Cerebral Palsy isn’t diagnosed at birth. Symptoms are usually noticed later; low muscle tone, unable to hold up his/her own head, feeling stiff, poor muscle control and/or delayed development.
Days after James was born we knew he’d suffered from a brain bleed and we were told by the Paediatric Consultants that it was highly likely James would have some sort of disability and Cerebral Palsy was mentioned. But it was a waiting game.
James wasn’t diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy until he was 18 months old. We was at a routine follow up appointment with his Paediatric Consultant and he told me that James wasn’t reaching his milestones. He was 18 months old and had only just learnt to sit up. He diagnosed James with Cerebral Palsy.
I had done some research on Cerebral Palsy previous to the diagnosis as we had been told it was a possibility. So I had a rough idea of what this diagnosis was and how it was going to affect James’ life. I was alone at this appointment as Dave was at work, And I remember crying the whole time I drove back home 🏠😭 I was so sad 😞 and felt so guilty!
James didn’t walk until just before his 3rd birthday and could only say a handful of words at 3 years old. James has had therapy and support since the day he left hospital 🏥 and this I believe, along with his incredible determination, is what’s helped him achieve the things he has to this day! 💙
He’s my world 🌍
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