I usually try to edit these videos to take out dead time and add some music, but it's been three weeks and I haven't had a chance yet... and I'll be out of town next week, blah, blah... SOOO... These are examples of my workouts with trainers 8-10 hrs a week. I hope you can recognize the improvement I continue to make! Remember I was completely paralyzed from the chest down with a shredded spinal cord...
THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE 3rd ANNUAL SHANNON DAVIS JOURNEY GOLF TOURNAMENT!!I
It was a BEAUTIFUL day with close to 200 amazing, generous people enjoying the fun, supporting me and walking away with some pretty incredible prizes (one raffle item in particular to which I had to claim visiting rights!).... Seriously.
SO... I haven't been procrastinating, I PROMISE... but, being the CPA I am, I wanted to post when I knew exactly how much we raised... There are still a few checks on which we are waiting and a few items requiring clarification. But, I can tell you we raised more than last year and a very large portion of my Spring 2015 India trip! YEA! As soon as I have final numbers, I'll let y'all know.
THANK YOU with my deepest gratitude for EVERYONE who was involved in this year's golf tournament! You've all helped allow me to shape a precious piece of my future.... toward healing and independence!
WE STILL HAVE ROOM FOR TEAMS IS YOU'RE INTERESTED - CONTACT Lorie.Barton@chk.com
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT AND WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RAFFLE, YOU CAN BUY TICKETS UNTIL 5 PM , THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH. THE RAFFLE WILL BE 5:30 P.M. FRIDAY AT JOHN CONRAD GOLF COURSE. Don't need to be present to win!! CONTACT ME IF YOU WANT TO BUY TICKETS - SHADAVIS15@GMAIL.COM. CHECK THEM OUT, THEY ARE AWESOME!!
Ticket price breakdown:
1 ticket $5
5 tickets for $20
13 tickets for $50
28 tickets for $100
This will be long... Hang on... So, I'm volunteering at the No Boundaries Abilities Expo in OKC and am as ever blown away by the incredible people here - attendees and volunteers...
Today is the 7th anniversary of my accident, and I feel blessed to be able to give back to a community, I never really knew existed prior to my accident, which has embraced me and grown with me since that awful day. (The date of my accident was 8/25/07, but it happened on a Saturday and it's always the Saturday nearest to the date which hits me harder than the actual date.) I get up and fight every single day... Fight the physical pain, obstacles and emotional frustrations which come with this injury - and there are so many... - Fight to get my job done and get through my workouts and that's about all I have time to do (Thank Goodness Football is starting!!)... It's hard for me to see the forest through the trees, so I never really recognize my successes. But I have come so far!
First, they brought me back to life on 8/25/07 and I'm alive to fight for my independence. Hmmm, that's one I definitely take for granted much more often than I should. Second... I could not move my left arm or my hands at all at first... Now my left arm is about 95% of my right and my hands have and are gaining function and strength daily! Third... I had nothing below mid chest line... Nothing, and now I have function and/or muscles firing down to my knees. And, do you know... I did sit-ups from laying flat last Friday? Yup, with the assistance of 1.5 lb weights on each wrist, BUT that's the amount of weight I was using to do sit-ups on a wedge incline a year ago... I had only tiny flutters of leg muscles a year ago and down to my knees they are firing through exercises now... There's so much more... And Lastly, I still have my amazing parents, who have put their lives on hold to help me, by my side and all of my incredible family and friends who unendingly root for me, push me and advocate for me.
Being here at the Expo, it's glaringly obvious how blessed I am and how, even on the very bad no good horrible pain days, I could have it so much Worse. I'm alive, I'm supported and loved and I'm still fighting. As always thank you all for being on this journey with me!
So our dear friend Lorie heard on the radio Jason White, Billy Sims and Steve Owens were doing a signing event on Saturday. Mom, Dad and I hopped in the car and tailed it to Norman where we and Lorie were honored to meet these three football GREATS! Such sweet guys! Following is a post Lorie made... "I can't even begin to tell you the generosity of these men. I would have to write forever to explain their support for Shannon Davis and the golf tournament. We are feeling so blessed. They signed footballs and going to get Barry Switzer to sign them as well. .... Lola Davis, Eddie Davis and Shannon are so deserving. Thank you guys! — with Shannon Davis.
So, I'm getting a lot of stem cells and procedures this time, i get my next major one this Thursday. Three-days of TONS of stem cells... All that means time away from physio.... So, I don't have ang huge "WOW" moments for you this trip - YET... We are only halfway done... Lol. But, the flickers and twitches in my right leg are getting stronger and the flickers/twitches on my left leg are becoming more consistent and stronger... Slow and steady. As usual, we expect to see improvements when we get home... Thank you all for your continued support!
THE PUB CRAWL WAS A BLAST AND YOU SHOULD BE SAD YOU MISSED IT!! =)
Following is one of about 6 videos from last Friday's REACT workout... Emma, my trainer is only making sure I don't rug burn my feet... NOT HELPING... There are better videos as soon as I figure out how to download them.. Daddy took them on his phone and it's been a mess trying to get them... don't ask... just be patient! This was really hard and I'm pumped about it... I was pulling my legs through on my own...
HI!!! IF DALLAS PEEPS ARE LOOKING FOR SOME FUN SATURDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING 7/19, PLEASE COME TO THE PUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER! https://www.facebook.com/events/297229250458841/
Any profits will be split between my rehab/medical costs through NEURORESOURCESOUTREACH.ORG and to REACT Dallas SCI Recovery.
Just a quick update - Now that I drive myself nearly everywhere, I don't have anyone to videotape my workouts... SOO, that means my updates would have been: "Things are still slowly and steadily improving, specifically in my core, hips and thighs." lol, I am hoping I can con someone into coming watch a few workouts soon to have some videos to post. ANY VOLUNTEERS??? FB, EMAIL, TEXT OR MESSAGE ME ON HERE... I workout with trainers Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons... I do workout at home too, but those are not as fun... =)
My strength, stamina and balance have all increased, but so has my sensation level in a lot of areas and pain. The past few months my pain levels have been really strong, But, let's hope it all those nerves regenerating!! =)
That's it for now... I' trying to get y'all videos...
After 37 hrs travel from Dallas to Chicago, Tokyo and finally Delhi, we arrived at NuTech at 1:30 am CST on November 15th...
Yes... We are more than halfway through our trip. There has been virtually no internet, so I haven't really had an opportunity to update... All my chances for internet have gone to work Bc I'm working while here.
Ok... So, this is a really short trip - 5 1/2 weeks. Our shortest to date, so it's all about the stem cells... I've had 11 procedures to date - in addition to the twice daily intra muscular injections, the twice weekly injections into the muscle at my injury site, and numerous intravenous infusions. My last procedure ended Friday. It was a five-day EC (Epidural Catheter),
a procedure during which they run a catheter line into the lining of my spinal cord and shoot about 15-30 million stem cells into the line 3-4 times each day of the procedure. This was FIVE DAYS!!!.... So TONS of stem cells!! The downside is that you have to primarily stay in bed and forego Phisio...
So, I haven't had much Phisio this trip. But, we did move to walking in a supported walker in Phisio for three days. One
day was near perfect, one ok and one my blood pressure and spasms sabotaged. :(. Additionally, all movements in my legs, which began last visit, are stronger and my balance /overall strength has significantly increased. Unfortunately, We won't be able to post videos until we return because of the internet issues. But, know that I am doing well and getting lots of stem
We received a new MRI and Tractography our first week. Both showed new growth and shrinkage of the holes/fluid pockets in my spinal cord! I’ll post when I get home. One interesting thing on my Tractography was a progressive increase of
brain activity over the past two visits. HMMM… unplanned benefit. During my accident, I died and incurred some brain damage. In the hospital after my accident, 2007, they gave me a series of IQ/Cognitive exams which I completed significantly faster and scored higher than any patient in the administrator’s tenure (11 yrs). Consequently, they deduced I must not have sustained significant brain damage and decided against giving me any brain spec scans. However, I have noticed pre-accident memory loss. Apparently the stem cells are fixing my brain damage too. =)
I JUST WANT TO GIVE A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED, HELPED AND DONATED IN THE OKC GOLF TOURNAMENT AND DALLAS BLUSH AESTHETICS RAFFLE! There is no way we would be here without your support and generosity.
So, 3am Delhi time (3:30pm 12/23 CST) on Christmas Eve, we head to Beijing, Houston and finally arrive in Dallas at
6:30pm CST on Christmas Eve…hopefully!
Before that, I should have five more procedures, including another EC – 4 days…. I hope to post another update, but we’ll see how the internet goes…
STAY SAFE AND WARM MY FRIENDS!
WE REALLY NEED AFTERNOON TEAMS, SO PLEASE PASS THE WORD!