Thursday, June 9, 2011

June 9th

This is the Zero-G, it's a pretty cool machine. I have to wear a velcro support vest, the physical therapist hooks me up to a "clotheshanger", which is attached to a cable in the ceiling. She punches in my weight, minus 15-20 lbs, and sets it to catch me if I fall a couple of inches.

Today was a pretty good day. I started with occupational therapy at 7am, this was mainly a re-evaluation. According to the results, I am showing good improvement in all tests. On the hand grip test, my right hand is at 30% and my left hand (which I cannot feel) measured above average grip. My therapist said that shows that I  I still have a very long way to go, but I will get there!

James took me downstairs for my neck doctor appointment. Bandages & neck brace are now off!!! :-D
My head feels like a weeble wobble though, doc says I have to re-develope my neck muscles.
Eventually, I will have to go to physical therapy for my neck, but my Dr said that they will probably only have to add a few excercises to my other physical therapy sessions.

In PT, I used the Zero-G (in photos), and walked on the treadmill for 10 mins. I feel like I am getting more stable, but its still difficult trying to figure out weight shifts.

I had another PT session after lunch. This time I worked on standing on one leg - that was VERY difficult. I used the bars to keep my balance & attempted to let go of my hands. I didn't do too bad standing on my left leg, but it just wasn't going to happen on the right leg.

After dinner, I was able to take a shower - yay! I had very minimal help from my Tech. It's amazing how much I took for granted before. Simple things like walking, using the bathroom, showering, swallowing, etc, are major tasks for me now. BUT....I am getting better every day!


  1. You are doing amazing!!! I am super proud of you and what you have accomplished in such a short time. You'll keep getting better every day if you keep that drive you have. Miss you bunches and can't wait to see you again. I'll keep my promise to skydive with ya if you keep up your strides :)

  2. I have been there with you from the start and you have improved more than you know. Today taking the pictures of you on the Zero-G was awesome. Wish I could have stayed and watched more but had to get ready for work. Love ya.