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!