Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Im Going to Rehab!!

Well after several weeks of waiting for a response and getting all of the paper work organized to send to the Shepherds Institute in Atlanta we finally got a phone call today! On July 22nd I am going to Atlanta where I will be evaluated by the doctors at Shepherds. They will test my legs to see what muscles are firing design a program specifically for my needs. I will be doing outpatient therapy which will require me living in Atlanta in apartments that are owned by the institute. Everyday I will go to the center for intense physical therapy and occupational therapy. Shepherds is a nationally acclaimed center for spinal cord research and therapy. They will work on my legs using state of the art equipment and therapy.

On July 22nd I am just going to be evaluated, however I will be admitted soon after the exam. I am not sure yet of the exact date I will be admitted. Being sent to this center has been an answer to prayers. I can not wait to get started with intense therapy! I AM READY TO WORK!! I will work everyday and all day until I walk again!

I see God working in my life every step along the way. I am defying the odds and continuing to work towards complete healing. The accident although tragic in some ways has been a blessing. The change in my life is definitely NOT something that is easy to handle. Everyday is a struggle, but I am blessed throughout every hardship I face. I have met so many great people who have encouraged me and been there for me throughout everything! I could NOT have done this without you all. Most importantly are the prayers that have gone up on my behalf. I can not even begin to tell you how each and everyone of you have had an impact on this miracle. The miracle that everyone is witnessing is a testament to the strength of God and my struggles will hopefully bring glory to him.

I am confident that I will walk again! Medically speaking this shouldn't be happening. I should not be able to move my legs, but I am! Even today I moved my legs with a lot of force and quickness. I can move them back and forth with NO problem. If someone puts resistance on my feet I can push them back. PRAISE GOD! Slowly but surely I am getting more and more back in my legs. Once I get into rehab I will have access to advanced treatment to regain more movement and strengthen the movement I have already gotten back.

Thank you all for your support and prayers! Please, please, I need you ALL to walk again...I can not do this on my own. I continue to ask for your prayers so that I may have complete healing!
Please check out the link to the Shepherds Center
Shepherd Center: History

I LOVE YOU ALL!
IN HIM,
BRENT

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brent,
We have followed your difficult journey since December, and know God will continue to bless you and your family in your quest for victory. Also know that we continue to pray for your complete recovery and are acutely aware of the impact your struggle is having on all that know and love you.

God bless,
Jess & Judy Alonso

Kevin Bacon said...

B Rent you r the man

Dude you r determined to met Spuds, Kyra, Kristin, and I in NYC to do the footloose dance. Should we include Spuds hugger friend in the dance

You hava to remember I will be 50 on 07/08. So you gotta take it easy on me if we can met up for the dance. Accordin to Spuds u r my dance partner. I think we should make Spuds dance with the hugger
Remember I wanta copy of your speech from Spuds church

Keep up the good work and lets try to cut footloose next year in NYC

Rock on and Rock out
KB

Kevin Bacon said...

Dude to honor your hard work and great news the Bacon rewrote some of the words to footloose

B Rent’s been workin so hard
He’s been pushin his legs in therapee
Eight hours, for what
Oh, tell me what B Rents got
He’s got this feeling
That hard work and prayin wonta be holdin him down
He will hit the ceilin
Or else he will tear up this town
Now B Rent gotta cut

Loose, footloose
Kick off your Sunday shoes
Please, Louise
Pull me offa my knees
Jack, get back
C'mon before we crack
Lose your blues
Everybody cut footloose
B Rent is playin so cool
B Rent is defyin every rule
Dig way down in your heart
You're yearnin, yearnin for some
Somebody to tell you
That life ain't passin you by
I'm tryin to tell you
It will if you don't even try
You can fly if you'd only cut

Loose, footloose
Kick off your Sunday shoes
Oowhee, B Rent
Shake it, shake it for Kevin Bacon
Whoa, Spuds
C'mon, c'mon let's go
Lose your blues
Everybody cut footloose
We got to turn you around
We r gona pray until B Rent can put his feet on the ground
B Rent turning it
Loose, footloose

Keep it up and rock out.

KB

Kathy said...

PRAISE THE LORD! We are so excited to read that you are going to rehab! We will continue to pray for you to walk again! You are definately not doing it alone!
Love,
Robin, Kathy and Christopher

Cristina- your fav OT and BFF!! said...

Every time I read your blog B I get teary!! I'm SO happy for you... this is exactly what you need! This is just the beginning and I'm here for you every step of the way.....

Kimberly said...

Ok BRENT, that Kevin Bacon personally rewrote the lyrics to "Footloose" for you has got to rank as one of the coolest things I have ever seen. You need to repost that on PVSingles.org or delegate that to me to do for ya. :)

Awesome work on your legs, you never cease to amaze me.

Love ya,

Kimberly

PS The Cheffins phone pic you sent him has made me want to go on a diet... ha ha ha

Nick said...

Brent,

It goes without saying that you and your family are in prayers since I met you -- I'm glad Robin told me about game night that first Monday :)... I've spent the last couple of hours reading your entire blog -- yes it took me a while :) -- and, well I guess I'm sort of at a loss for words while typing this... My bad... :(

Stay strong man and know my prayers will be with you in Atlanta and wherever else HE has chosen to take you...

Nick