Hi all, it’s me again, writing another post! These past few weeks have been incredibly busy, and I have been up to a lot of new things. I’ve enjoyed outings, new foods, a few new nurses, and of course a few new things my body has been able to do. I am not quite healed up yet, but I find that my hard work is slowly paying off and I am beginning to do new things. My doctors don’t quite know what to make of me because I haven’t followed any of the typical healing process. I secretly like astonishing them :-). The doctors say that there will be a period where I plateau for a bit in the healing, but I’m hoping that is a ways off.
I really want to take a minute and just thank all the people that have been helping me here in the hospital. You should know that there is so much going on in the background with all our supporters. Coordinating who’s going to be here, making sure that we get food, showing up and spending time in the hospital for multiple days during the week, and ensuring that paperwork and other fine details are taken care of. Us kids have had to do very little, other than healing, and for that we are really very thankful. Our support crew is with us 24 hours a day and they have not skipped a beat for almost 2 months. There are just not words strong enough to express the gratitude that I feel for anyone who has ever said a prayer, had a nice thought, or has contributed to the healing and well-being of my family.
Well it bet you’re wondering what I’ve been doing in therapy! Lucky for you, I’ve been taking a few videos of some of the things I’ve been doing. This first one is a video of one of the bikes that I ride. I have electrodes on my legs while I pedal, the bike measures how much I push and then uses the electrodes to make up the rest. For instance, if I’m pedaling none on my own, the electrodes do 100%. If I pedal 25% on my own in the electrodes do 75%. The people holding my knees are not pushing it all. They are just supporting my knees so that they don’t bump into the bike and so that my torn up one doesn’t hyper extend. When I rode bikes before I used to pretend I was Lance Armstrong… Guess I need a new bike hero now 🙂
This video is from today! Nice shirt. I know. This is a video of some of the mat work that I do. After lunch I usually get my wheelchair and head to the gym, and then I transfer to the mat to do some ab exercises and practice rolling and getting around on my own. Today was the first day I was able to roll over from neutral! I swing my hips back and forth. And then throw my body weight over to the side. It kind of works. Have you ever thought about all the muscles and coordination it takes to roll over? It’s a more complicated process than I ever would’ve thought! But I can assure you after all this I will never need a washer, I can just use my 8 pack.
I want to thank you again for the pictures, cards, gift cards, flowers, and other things that you send here to the hospital. They make my day and every single one of them is still as special as it was on day one. I’m hanging in there, and I’ll update you soon!