Hi My name is Gabrielle Rose Caione. I was born May 11, 2003. I was born at 23 weeks 6 days 1lb 5 ounces 12 1/2 inches long. I was born too early to do anything for myself so the nice people at Cooper Hospital helped me along for many months. All of the nurses and doctors took such good care of me that my mom still takes me to visit. My NICU nurse was Stacey. I still see her often and call her Aunt Stacey. I was also at Jefferson Hospital for a while and later at CHOP in Philly for surgeries. They were all nice places too. (Thank God I don't remember any of it) My mom says that I was a little fighter.
I had a grade IV brain bleed at birth. I had hyrocephalous, and a VP Shunt. I had 16 surgeries my first year - including shunt revisions, eye surgeries and a PDA ligation when I was born. I was a very sick little girl my first year of life. I have CP and am visually impaired. I can talk (alot) and I am learning how to walk. Beside all of that I am FABULOUS! And really really funny! Ask anyone who knows me!!!!
I am now 3 1/2 years old and catching up on everything. I go to Larc school everyday. They are teaching me to talk and walk and play and everything else little kids do. Please check out my news to read all about my progress.
It is Aug, 2007, I am now 4 1/2 years old. I still go to Larc School. I have so many friends there. I go to school everyday on the bus. It is so much fun! I also have ballet class at Larc. I dance with Ms. Liz, I stretch and bend down and twirl around. It is so much fun.
I talk ALOT now. My mommy calls me Chatty Cathy, or Polly Parrot. I will repeat ANYTHING I hear. I sing even more. I love music. I listen to Sesame Street music with my mommy and Rap music with my daddy. He taught me how to dance. Thank God mommy didn't!. I am still learning how to walk. I can walk if you hold my hands but not on my own yet. My mommy thinks that it is because I don't like to be too far away from her.
Hello All, July 2008. My mommy now calls me Polly Princess because I am a princess. I am still learning new stuff everyday. I can walk holding onto one hand and all by myself in my walker. I am now learning Spanish. OK as much as my mommy knows. I love the beach and the waves. I am eating a lot better and have been sleeping better too. I laugh all of the time and still LOVE to listen to music. I make everyone in the car sing along with me! It's funny!!