Monday, 21 July 2014

Big Oliver stands tall

The last time I updated you on Oliver Dickey's progress in St Louis, I was able to report the quite remarkable news that he'd wiggled his toes for the first time in his life.

That was after his initial operation, but he still had another one to come.

Well, as luck would have it, that went rather well too.

Have a look at this.

Now, just so you know, this is the first picture ever taken of Oliver and his little brother Max actually standing beside each other.  Yes, standing.  Look how straight Oliver's legs are.  He's not been able to do that before. And look at his face.  There's a happy young man on a mission if ever I saw one.

And there is a final observation, which his stayed in my thoughts since I saw the photo on Saturday evening.

Notice how tall "Wee" Oliver is.

Yes indeed, he's not wee at all.  This shouldn't really be a surprise given how strapping his proud Neil is.  But Oliver's not previously had the chance to show everyone.      

For yesterday's trick, Big Oliver (as we must now call him) took himself off for a stroll around the lake.  Well, I mean, why wouldn't he?

To quote his mum, Charlene: "Uneven ground is one of the things that will prove difficult in the next few months for Oliver as he tries to build strength and improve balance but he gave it his best shot today."

Next time, it wouldn't surprise me if our hero walked across the lake rather than around it.