UPDATED PHOTOS OF RECOVERY NOW AT SITE
Another GREAT week of recovery. First I would like to address a question sometimes brought up. The amount contributed is an ongoing total - each month the expenses for therapy far outweigh the amount raised and available to pay those bills. Currently we are running a negative balance. Please consider a donation in 2014, which also may help with reducing taxes. And if can share the story, video, fundraiser, please do. Every form of support: prayers, donations, positive light, healing light - all much needed and super appreciated.
Wow, where to start.......most all the neck pain, stomach twists, and upper back pain have ceased. I have taken off some time from proper Aqua sessions and have been trying to swim more at my facility pool - and of this week I can report that I swam for the first time all by myself. It was the nicest sensation to feel the water all over me, as I swam once again in the deep end. I would eventually figure out it was to my benefit to start doing my laps with a noodle. Though I still free swim when I have the energy - it is grueling and makes for getting out of the pool a bit tough; driving home even tougher. As I swim laps I also use visualization exercises to create and reinforce new neuro-pathways. Pathways are the name of the game and I take them where I can.
Long ago I predicted my recovery would be of the third type described to me, a step-ladder recovery: body would recover one step at a time over an extended time period. Well, for those who have been following my recovery, the injury area of fire has now moved into my gluteal region. I suspect it is mostly due to recovery in my hip and pelvic regions. It has made for some very uncomfortable sitting the last few weeks - and being that I sit most of the day it has been a tough few weeks to do anything, let alone just sit.
Which brings me to my first and most important update. Strange as it is, though close friends know this of me, I tend to work late into the night, usually reading and researching my injury and better ways to recover. And sometimes I have been known to exercise too. Last week one night at 2am I decided to stand in my 4 point walker. This time was very different as my hips and pelvis kicked in and did their job. It was less of the more recent jerk movement, this time it was more fluid. It was the most natural stand I have had to date - and took me a little by surprise. I even took one hand off the walker for one second (last time I attempted this I fell like a tree, sideways) - and that feeling - a small win in my book (most others would see it as a huge win) - made me smile a huge grin. It was another major turning moment in my recovery. Since that time my hips and pelvis have remained strong - now as a result my legs give out, most times through shaky knees. I am ok with shaky knees under those conditions. :))
In other news I continue to receive PEMF and three different cold laser treatments per week. And I am increasing my crystal mat sessions. At the end of the day I listen to my body. Each week and month my relationship with my body and the ability to listen to it's needs - the body always has the answers you need, only a matter of listening and deciphering the signals - increases. Hence listening to your 'gut'!
In the beginning of my injury a MD friend told me that if ever there was a time to fall in love with your body, it is now. I never fully understood the depth of that statement. Well, I have developed such a relationship - and it is more fruitful than I ever could have dreamed. Another friend, whom I met in Tokyo in 1998 when she was in transition on her way from Nepal to Boston, USA, recently took a trip home and procured me some amazing medicine from some other worldly sources - to my great surprise and incredible gratitude. The medicines are for cellular and nerve regeneration. They do not taste too well but work amazingly. I look forward to further updates on these medicines. I am so thankful to her for her thoughtfulness and tremendous kindness carrying back medicines from across the world, and on top of the world as well - Himalaya regions Nepal and India.
Thank you for all your continued support and donations. They are used almost immediately - and to great result. I fully plan to walk this year. It would all not be possible without the love and care of so many.
Thank you! Steven
Updated recovery video/photo shoot July
Updated recovery video/photo shoot #2
Swimming in pool on own