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Baby Tank Gets an Upgrade – Part II

Here’s to all the doctors who said she’d never stand and walk.

She’s having fun proving you wrong.

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Baby Tank Gets an Upgrade

For those of you who’ve been following me a while, I’m sure you remember Baby Tank. For those of you who are new, here she is:

Baby Tank (almost 5 years old now) was born with myelomeningocele (L3-L5), a type of spina bifida, and a number of conditions that are related to it (hydrocephalus, Arnold-Chiari II malformation, etc, etc, etc). She has no feeling from the middle of her thighs down, but has some control over her right leg. She’s been in a wheelchair since she got out of the stroller.

Well, Baby Tank went to the doctor yesterday and got fitted for something called a Reciprocating Gait Orthosis, or RGO. This little piece of equipment will enable her, with the assistance of crutches or a walker and after quite a bit of practice, to walk.

She’s incredibly excited about this, and, as you can probably imagine, so are we. They have to order some of the parts, and we’re taking her back in on July 7th for a final fitting. After that, she has to go through some training to get the hang of it.

This is a big deal for us and an even bigger deal for her. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted.

Edit: My photography skills are, as Sir Charles would say, “turrible,” so Cheesi insisted that I post this so you get a better look at Baby Tank:


The Good, The Bad, The Mundane

Didn’t really have anything “blogworthy” happen during the last week. I managed to get some playtime, but I spent a couple of days in a medicated haze thanks to an allergy issue. As a result, I figured I’d roll up my boring week into one equally boring post.

Most of my time online was spent doing dailies and farming. Still saving up for Goal #1, after all. I got lucky one night and happened upon The Razza in the Dire Maul PvP area, which led to a couple of 50s blues that sold rather well at auction. I also threw some Overcharged Capacitors on the AH, which are currently selling for about 15-16g on my server as people go through the bi-annual process of furiously leveling alts before the expansion drops. Topper McNabb could afford the mats for those things.

Mactire’s Inscription has been sitting in the 430s for ages, so I decided to put an end to that. Got him over the hump to 440 so he can finally make some Runescrolls of Fortitude which, like the Capacitors, are easy on mats and easy to sell. Dropped a little bit of gold to get him there, but I made some Darkmoon Cards of the North along the way which will undoubtedly recoup the costs.

I did a couple of Wintergrasps and an AV, which is rare for me these days, using the honor to pick up my third faction PvP mount, the Black War Ram. For a long time, I’ve had a minor goal of getting all five, and now that they’re available for honor points that should be pretty easy.

Both WGs were completely one-sided. The first, which I did earlier in the week, was a roflstomping where we just circled the map at will killing and capturing everything. Last night, though, the Horde made fools of us. I flew into the zone to farm, not realizing the battle had started, and decided to just go ahead and join only to discover that we had, at the time, a grand total of seven defenders…seven. More came along later, but it didn’t make much of a difference. Too little, too late.

My WoW time recently has been exceptionally laid-back, and I can’t say that I mind one bit. Things have been hectic outside of Azeroth, so being able to log in and just relax for a couple of hours is a fantastic opportunity. That’s a big part of Goal #4, by the way.

On the real-life front, Cheesi and I took Baby Tank to see The Wiggles on Saturday. We all had a blast, and seeing her face light up is one of the greatest feelings in the world.

And finally, if you haven’t read this post over at Righteous Orbs you absolutely have to. Hilarity.

Be good.