Well Tuesday we left early in the morning for Atlanta to visit the Shepherds Center. The day was FULL of miracles which we can not explain. Every door that we thought was closing got blown wide open by a chain of coincidences that we believe without a DOUBT was God 's hand.
(miracle #1) We arrived at the Center an hour and half early so that we could find our way around. While my parents waited in a room I decided to check things out. I went into a rehab gym and met a therapist there who I thought could answer our questions. We had SO MANY questions and did not know where to go in the hospital. The therapist laughed and said, "you are in luck!" She went on to tell me to ask a lady on the other side of the gym for help. I asked the therapist if the lady worked at Shepherds? The therapist replied, "ummm....you can say that?" So I went over to this lady to ask for help in finding out where I needed to be and what program to be apart of in the center. She was the BIGGEST help and so sweet to me. She helped give me some ideas for therapy and what to expect at the hospital. The lady was at the center to be apart of a television interview for the news....as it would turns out the lady i was talking to was ALANA SHEPHERD! It was kind of....Her Hospital!! A coincidence? YOU BE THE JUDGE!
(miracle #2) I was doing my evaluation with the Physical Therapist who saw some promising things with my legs. She knew for sure I had my hips but felt a flicker in rest of my legs like they were trying to fire! However, she was hesitant with my rehab because of my shoulder. She said i was a candidate for braces, but the therapy put A LOT of stress on your shoulders and didn't know if mine could take it. She left and came back a few minutes later and said, "You are in LUCK, there is a "shoulder clinic" going on right now with a doctor who specializes in spinal cord and shoulder problems.....hahaha...I have BOTH problems......A COINCIDENCE?? NO! She said the clinic is always full BUT....there was ONE opening and she was able to squeeze me in, if I left right away! We went over to the clinic and the doctor was WAITING on us, ready to evaluate my shoulder so I could be admitted into the program! I had X-rays taken of my shoulder and the doctor was baffled! He said, "Well....your shoulder has had the best possible outcome" He explained that my shoulder had FUSED with my body. Basically what that means is the ball does not float in the socket...instead the ball is fused to the socket so it doesn't move. Sounds bad...BUT let me explain! The doctor explained that with a shoulder shattered as bad as mine that its is common for doctors to surgically fuse the shoulder. However they do so with limited movement about 30 degrees forward and 30 degrees to the side. However, mine just HAPPENED to fuse itself...and it did so at the perfect place giving me more than 90 degrees in both directions. This makes my arm VERY functional and really strong since they are fused. My shoulder blades is what gives me most of my range! But he was going to CLEAR ME FOR THE PROGRAM!!!!! He said my arm was really strong since the bones fused themselves and they did so BETTER than if a doctor were to PURPOSELY do it! COINCIDENCE? haha....there are some miracles at work here!
So we currently have some paper work to finish up but we will be in the DAY PROGRAM at Shepherds! I will get to workout EVERYDAY to maximize my return. We have been put on the list for BEYOND THERAPY and other research programs...hopefully when I am done with the Day Program I can move straight into BEYOND THERAPY PROGRAM! Everything worked out better than we could have ever expected! We saw so many miracles and could not believe how the doors opened for me! God is guiding my life and my recovery! He is healing me better than doctors. He is laying everything out for me to succeed and one day walk again! Thank You so very much for your continued prayers. It is YOUR prayers that is making this possible! Please do not ever give up and keep me in front of God so that I can one day see the full power of his miracles and walk again!!
I LOVE YOU ALL