As for rehab, Shannon is still taking Baylor by storm. Her rirght hand and arm are strengthening on a daily basis. The left arm and hand are about a month behind but too are getting stronger. Today in therapy, rolling over was on the agenda. Due to the location of the spinal cord injury, C6/C7, this type of movement has to be re-learned. As Shannon described it, before her hips were the main joint of her body and now it's her shoulders. Because of this, she has to learn new ways to do most daily tasks.
Therapy helps enhance the areas of movement currently there, like her grip. On her right hand, there are impulses that are getting through but they are not always consistent. There is blockage of the nerve path because of the injury. Part of therapy creates new muscle memory that in turn helps find new ways around the blockage. This works for the areas that currently have some signals getting through. This isn't very technical but feel free to ask Shannon about it as she explains it much better!
Right now, Shannon has little to no feeling below her chest, near the bottom of her sternum. There is still a little bit of swelling around her spinal cord. Once the swelling goes down , the possibility exists that more strength/movement/range of motion could return but exactly to what extent or where is not known. Every case is different. This will not reverse the paralysis of her legs.
Shannon loves having her visitors and hates it when hospital business gets in the way in the evening. Often in the early hours, it is dinner, bath, breathing treatment, etc time. The nurses tend to take over and can, and do ask, people to leave. If you have to drive a distance to come visti, you may want to call the nurses station and see what the evening's schedule looks like. Visiting during the day is great if you can swing it but if not, still go at night just know the visit might get cut short...and not by Shannon's doing. Again, Shannon says thanks for all the kind words, thoughts, prayers, flowers and gifts. Love to you all!