I work a 75% workload at the office, so I use 3 different trainers/facilities for therapy in order to allow me to complete all my job responsibilities (AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, because they are all awesome and bring different disciplines and strengths to my recovery!):
PROJECT WALK - facility specializing in exercise-based spinal cord recovery
RODNEY NAYLOR - brace walking in my home
TRAVIS MARTIN - hand therapy & strength training
I also use my FES bike, do strength training and hand stimulation at home as my schedule allows. Oh, and am driving myself most places now. I still can't get all the way up my van ramp, so I have to be going where I know someone can help me up it, BUT it's huge progress and helps immensely with my independence and mom's sanity, lol! =)
Friday at PROJECT WALK:
* I stood without holding onto anything and with only my knees blocked for 15 seconds multiple times
* While standing as described in 1st bullet point, I was able to swing my arms (as non-injured people do while walking)
* On the recumbent bike, I wheeled for the first time on my own without someone having to keep my knees in line - @ 5 minutes worth....
For a chick "paralyzed" from the chest down, these are huge accomplishments! I promise I will get some video of Project Walk soon.
Tuesday night working on squats wi-th Travis, we had some fun... I thought you might get a giggle from the video - the first time I have danced on my feet since 8-24-07... (you can't tell because I have a sweatshirt and scarves on under that coat, but my abs and hips are moving a little bit and I'm stabilizing them)