It’s funny to think how different the idea of milestones comes to be with this injury. Little tasks, once so simple, suddenly seem impossibly big. I had one of those little milestones this past week, discovering that now I can kick my left foot up against gravity, and can even hold it up a bit (video proof)! Before you dismiss that exclamation point (!), try lying on your back and holding up your foot without using any of the muscles in your lower body. It can’t be done — at least not by most of us, although many of us with SCIs have tried it . . .
This is one of those small celebrations that portends a large change for the better. Five years in, I am very grateful to be seeing these changes. It is easy to feel worn down by ongoing physical therapy and the demands of spinal cord injury in general. However, it is easier to forget that many others do not have access to any therapy, or if they do, that they do not see ongoing changes for the better. Having had a “hopeless” prognosis and then multiple broken bones since the initial accident, I truly sympathize with the feelings that go along with either the lack of good news or the delivery of bad news. Be thankful for what you can do and what you have! Someone else has a worse situation than yours or mine.
More to come.