Hand Camp 2016

At the end of April, Amelie and I headed for Hand Camp 2016 at Camp John Marc. We had a wonderful time just like we did last year and it was neat to have a time with just the two of us. She enjoyed all activities and we made sure to get signed up for the Ropes Course and Fishing right away. The facility built a new Ropes course since we came last year and I really wished there would have been time for the adults to have a time on the zip line too.

Games played during the first night.

Amelie climbed the wall SO FAST!


Cooking and free time.

Fun with friends at the carnival.

Amelie brought Ami to hand camp of course.

We had such a great time and made new friends and saw old friends. The staff and volunteers were just as wonderful as last year. I was again blessed by the parent only times and encouraged that we are doing the right thing in how we are raising Amelie to deal with her limb difference. I am so glad that we got a spot again this year for this wonderful camp put on by Scottish Rite.

A day in Dallas

Amelie was due for her yearly hands and feet check up at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital so the girls and I packed up and headed for Dallas. Amelie got the all clear for another year which was a great relief. It doesn’t look like the toenails they removed are growing back so that is good news. Once we were finished we headed over to redeem a gift for a free dozen cookies from Paradise Bakery. YUM!

Popcorn is the best part of Scottish Rite.

Then we headed for the Dallas Children’s Aquarium. There were quite a few school groups in there, but we still worked our way around the place. Dani couldn’t wait to go see the stingrays, but they weren’t starting the feeding until noon and I wanted to just spend the end of our time there. This time I remembered to bring extra shirts for the girls to change into since they get splashed.

Chambered Nautilus 

Nadia and Dani fed the stingrays the little pieces of shrimp that they sell. Amelie wanted no part of it because it creeped her out the last time. She just wanted to pet the sting rays as they swam past.

“He splashed me!!!!!!!!”¬†

Amelie toe check up

Hiding in wait for the doctor.

At the end of October Amelie had her check up at Texas Scottish Rite from her surgery back in July. They wanted to see how the toes were looking and if the nails were growing back. They told us that everything looked good and that will continue to check them at her yearly hand clinic visit.

After the check up we went to get a drink over at 7-11 and the man at the register asked about school and I said she had a check up next door. And he said, “All princesses who go to Scottish Rite get a Slurpee when they are done.” Amelie was SO EXCITED that he gave her a free one.

Casts off!

Once Amelie wasn’t feeling any more pain she started to run around and play like normal – even with two casts on. So she ended up cracking one of them open 9 days after her surgery. I called Scottish Rite and explained the situation. They asked me if I wanted to try and take the cast off myself since I had seen it done so many times and I said yes. We got it off and took a photo for them and once the doctor saw it he said we could just keep it clean and keep our appointment for the next week. Then the next day she cracked the other one open! So Mike took that one off and we got her feet cleaned and wrapped in ace bandages because the toes themselves were still sensitive.

The following Wednesday we headed for our check up and Dr. Stutz said that her feet looked great. He told us to come back in 3 months so we could see if any of the nails had started to grow back. We pray that the answer is no!

With Dr. Stutz.

The girls waiting at Texas Scottish Rite for Amelie’s turn.