Friday, February 9, 2018

Hands and Knees (Video Update)

As mentioned a while ago, I recently came back to official physical therapy after a four-year gap.  With a spinal cord injury, it is all too common to be released from therapy and told to expect no more progress.  (On that note, another thank you to everyone who is helping with my uncommon return to active therapy!)

Lately I’ve had opportunity to work on balancing on my knees.  This week with therapists spotting I was able to go from hands and knees to elbows and knees to my stomach, and them from my stomach all the way to kneeling on my knees against a chair - without assistance.  If all of that sounds small, imagine what it means to accomplish it when you once had no motion or response below the waist, a spinal fusion, and doctors’ certainty that you would never have any movement in your legs again.

So to quote Sir Winston Churchill again:
“[N]ever give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”

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