It think the possibilities and potential of this are endless for our girl. I tuned into the webinar yesterday watched clips and listened to data, research and practical application in other children's lives and was convinced further of what this product would mean to Zoey and how she makes her way through this life.
The positive response to the Upsee has been overwhelming. So much so that when they go on sale on April the 7th, they have let us know that it will be 12 weeks until it arrives at our doorstep. Kinda of a bummer. I wanted it like ... yesterday. As I told someone today, patience has never been one of my virtues.
Necessity being the mother of invention is no better defined then by reading about how this ingenious product came to be. The Upsee was the vision of Debby Elnatan who wanted to find a way for her son Rotem, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, to explore the world on his own two feet. She spent years using very primitive prototypes on her own, with Rotem, tweaking and improving, until her older son encouraged her to seek out help with the design. And so, the Upsee was born. And wow, I am totally inspired by her and her sons tenacity. I think her vision is going to be such a gift to children like Zoey.
The price tag is not cheap. $489.00. Which puts it unfortunately beyond the reach of many, many families. Its not exactly easy for us but I think it is doable. There is nothing we would not do for Zoey. No sacrifice we would not make. And we think this harness will be worth every penny.
Stay tuned for updates and I am hoping that if we are able to get an order in Monday, I will be able to post pictures and videos of her in action in a few months.
It looks as if I have gone nearly 2 weeks since posting. Not my intention when I decided to come back to this space but unfortunately, Casa Needham has been CRAZY. With a husband working into the wee hours of the morning and then getting up first thing in the morning, and doing it all over again, for the last month, when I sit myself down after 10 pm nightly, I just have not been drawn to writing. However, I have been drawn to this.
I adore a super hot bubble bath, accompanied by my addiction. Cadbury chocolate eggs. Not the kind with the gross, gooey filling. The ones that are all chocolate with a candy shell. And make no mistake, it is an addiction. I have gone through 4 bags of these, solo, since they hit the stores. That's a problem.
And you wonder why I run?