Well its Memorial Day and it was a wonderful day. I went to a cook out at our friends the Reed's house. I stayed out on there gorgeous deck on their lake and had BBQ...(which is my favorite!) I was jealous because everyone got to ride the seadoo's but once I can walk again, I assure you I will be tearing up the water just like the old days! Over-all it was a beautiful day on the lake! When we were leaving Dave Reed mentioned that he had an E-Stem or a (Therastem) machine. This is another unit which we have been needing and we were able to use one for my therapy. The Therastem is a unit that will shock my muscles and keep the nerve endings firing. What a blessing, isn't it amazing how God works!?
Last week we also received my moto-med bike. The moto-med is a passive assisted bike that moves my legs for me. The bike is a stationary bike that will move my legs passively because of a built in electric motor but allow me to actively move them once my legs start firing. As I did in rehab my legs moved the petals for several minutes at a time. I am looking forward to my standing frame that is suppose to be in this week as well. My gym is slowly getting built up in my apartment and soon I will be walking again! The progress that I have made is amazing but I still have a long ways to go until I reach my final goal of walking again.
I have spent the past few days researching medical facilities across the country. The places I have found specialize in spinal cord injury rehabilitation so that I can receive hands on state-of-the-art therapy on my legs. The two choices we are currently looking at are the Shepherds Center in Atlanta and the Kennedy Krieger institute in Baltimore. Project Walk is also a possibility for a very strenuous physical therapy regiment.
Since my injury I have met a new friend which I encourage EVERYONE to check out his website. His name is Matt Courson and two years ago he received a similar injury and like me he would not take NO as an answer. Through prayer and therapy he has been able to walk and one day he will walk without assistance. Matt is at the level which i hope to be at one day. I know that he and I will one day walk again. Matt is a man of great faith and both he and his mom has helped our family out tremendously.
His website is www.mattcourson.org
I encourage everyone to check out this website and keep both Matt and I in your prayers as we continue to strive towards complete healing. The videos on this website is some of what I am currently doing and soon I will be doing all of the therapy once I find a rehab center. I know this blog is reaching people around the world, its impact has been huge and I want to add Matt Courson to everyone's prayers. He and I both were given a giant trial to face in this life but through God and with the prayers of everyone I am CONFIDENT through faith that both he an I will one day walk again. Thank you all for your continued prayers!
I LOVE YOU ALL,