Well I am back writing on my blog! I was excited to see that a one Mr KEVIN BACON wrote on my blog last (I had to explain to my mom what 6 degrees to Kevin Bacon meant) haha. I am glad to hear that my blog is getting to so many different people. I thrive off of all the encouragement I get from reading my comments on my blog. Everyday I am working harder than I have ever worked before and I know that in time I will overcome this tragedy and turn it into something good!
One thing I have learned from all of my therapy is that my legs are REALLY HEAVY! You would be surprised just how often you use your legs to perform everyday tasks. Balance, slouching, turning, lifting almost every task you do in a day you use your legs even in times where you don't realize you are using them. I have four 45 min sessions Mon-Fri and some on Sat and Sun as well. Seven days a week I am in the rehab. gym working on everything I need to be independent. I have met so many great friends in rehab. As many of you know I very rarely take anything too seriously (although I take my rehab VERY SERIOUSLY) I tend to constantly play pranks and jokes on all my therapists. However, when it is time to get to work I put my game face on! I even come into therapy after hours to work on the "motomed" bike (this is a passive bike that will turn your legs for you). I have been getting some pretty interesting results on the bike as well- (more on that later). I am working on my transfers with a sliding board into a car and onto the bed. My shoulder has been holding me back some because everyday it gets sore with all the pushing I am putting through my arms. But I am not making any excuses! I will work as hard as I can despite any limitations that I have in my arm.
I do not know yet how God will heal my body but I figure it is better to have learned all of this training and NOT need it than NEED all this training and NOT have it! I am making progress everyday in therapy and soon I will have all the skills I need to get by on my own. Lord willing I will get more feeling and sensations back and possibly even movement. I have heard this injury can take YEARS before I find out the extent of my injury and what I will get back. Now onto the good news!!!!!!!!
I have been working on the MOTOMED bike which is just a stationary bike with alot more bells and whistles. The bike can determine spasms in my legs and also muscle tone. Sensors in the petals detect if I put force through the petals and the bike will shut itself down and tell you that "you are now pedaling yourself" this phrase has come across on the bike SEVERAL times. The bike will be moving my legs and the motor will shut off and a message will tell me that I am actively pedaling the bike. THIS IS GREAT NEWS! My physical therapists doesn't know what to make of this! He told me to get off the bike and he got on it to see if it was malfunctioning but whenever he put pressure in his legs the machine will stop the motor (IT WAS WORKING FINE!) Everyday I try to get on this bike even though I am not scheduled to ride it!
I am always encouraged by even the smallest achievements. I know that everything will work out and that I have to focus only on the things I can control and put the rest in God's hands. I have FAITH that things will work out and that I will one day get my legs back. The only thing I ask is that all of you do not give up on me. PLEASE continue praying for me and my recovery. I know I have so much support and I can not thank you enough for all your encouragement. I will keep all of you in my heart each and every time I go into rehab. Thank you all SO MUCH!
I LOVE YOU ALL!