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A lot of exciting things happening at present. And a lil bit of pain too. Legs have made most progress in past two weeks, gaining 10% alone in the last week. My legs are now 65% recovered, at 80% I estimate I will be walk assist. My body is about 74-76%. I knew this special time would come; yet there is another still to arrive: when I start walking again. The current monthly costs continue to outweigh current resources.
Overall my body is just better. There are so many areas I could report on but will only touch on a few. These might sound familiar as each part requires a lot of time and patience and hard work to heal properly. My wheelchair started getting more tipsy of late - as my hips and pelvis continue to recover and get stronger they affect my weight distribution and balance tremendously. So I fumble often in my chair, to my chagrin, but as with most examples of how to lose ones sh*t, I laugh it off. My balance also allows me to maneuver the chair better, as well as move better when sitting down either on couch or a harder surface. My feet are also starting to get caught in the front smaller wheels more than I would prefer...again, all in the name of recovery; in this case my legs starting to work more in sync with other body parts. The whole body is a system of pulleys and weights and fulcrums. One part affects all others, especially when referring to muscle.
Will save the best part for last. I never like having to mention the continued need to raise funds for the overwhelming costs of therapy but I must. It was never something I was comfortable with. Only I can say that I look forward to the day I can pay it all forward. In the meantime, please consider a donation, passing on story through , Twitter FB (public) or an email. All types donations are very much appreciated, including financial, prayers, words or light or encouragement. It all helps tremendously, daily! Thank you!
My legs are the big news.....by far they have taken the daily headline all of the last fortnight. [After proff reading this post I realized I never mentioned the pain I have been experiencing the last two weeks - lets just say it feels like constant blow torch in each leg right down to the bone - it is bend over, take your breath way, chilling.] There were three big steps that occured:
1. one night, somewhere in the 2am range, I decided to go do standing exercises, using 4 point walker, and upon standing my hips and pelvis felt natural for one quick second as I stood straighter than I have since injured. It felt so nice to be tall again (5'11") - I got so happy that I lost my balance and fell - at least I was near a bed, and took a hard plop down, with a thud.
2. the feelings in my legs have been having a party, from nerves, muscles, to nerve endings, tendons, tingles, numbness....and it goes on. I suspected in fall my legs would awaken and rocket off to the next level. Inevitably once at such new heights my body levels off, builds up energy, until next rung of ladder calls. We are now experiencing a take off period of progress. What all this translates into is more feeling in my legs...they now feel less of dead weight, but more active and alive inside. This leads us into the next...
3. as a result of all these changes in my legs they not only have more natural feeling but also are stronger. I can now stand up straight in walker and one at a time take my hand off, balancing 100% of weight on two legs, with one hand of support. My legs also now feel more rubbery, and less jello-ee (made that one up).
I hope all those who follow my injury and recovery rejoice in such news. I am better and better, in every way, every day. It is in great part due to the power and love and extreme generosity of family, friends, and strangers alike. Great things are coming as a result of this accident and process of recovery. I look forward to sharing them all soon. One step at a time. though more closer to a crawl at best these days.
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Thank you, Steven
Learning to drive.
Hand controls to drive.
Getting lost on country roads.