What we are raising money for:
FES cycling uses co-ordinated electrical stimulation to create a cycling
pattern. This cycling pattern exercises the large muscles of the legs as
running or cycling would do in a person who doesn’t have a spinal cord injury.
Research has shown some positive benefits:
• Increase in bulk of stimulated muscles
• Increase in bone density in some leg bones
• Reduced body fat content
• Improved cardiovascular health (fitness training)
• Reduced risk of diabetes (improved glucose tolerance)
• Reduced spasticity in stimulated muscles
• Maintained flexibility
Exercise and FES cycle facts above – Produced by the Physiotherapy Department
Victorian Spinal Cord Service, Austin Health – January 2009
October 15, 2013
I want to thank everyone that stops in and reads my story and are gracious enough to donate! There are not enough ways to say Thank you!!
September 14, 2013
A year later
Written August 25, 2013: A year later and I honestly don't remember the accident. An ATV that rolled, changed many lives forever. I remember my friend leaning over me with a scared voice telling me not to move. I remember my sister's voice. I remember the awesome Hydetown EMS getting me on the board and talking me through what they were doing. I remember being loaded on the helicopter and looking up at the guy in flight gear and telling him how cute/handsome he was . I remember them pushing me under the propellers and thinking how cool that I got to ride in a helicopter!
A year ago today, I was in ICU. Going in and out of consciousness. Not realizing the condition I was in.
I remember every time I opened my eyes a different family member was standing over me. I remember my mom, my gram and pap, my grandma with her church friend, my aunt. I remember a male nurse being helpful and finding two sterile containers with saline solution so I could take out my contacts because I explained to him that I didn't have many pairs left.
During this time I don't remember being scared, or having thoughts of what was actually going on. I was asked by a nurse a question, I’m not even sure what the question was, but my answer was "Dance with Monkeys".
For the remainder of my stay at Hamot, my goal written on my room whiteboard was to dance with Monkeys.
The next few days are so jumbled. Mom, my close friend, Grandparents, my sister, brother in law and nephews, my son and his other parent came to the hospital.
I remember talk about surgery. I don't remember being completely aware of my condition. I remember being told I broke my back and was going to have surgery.."ok". A broken spleen..."ok"... Bruised lungs..."ok"... I remember discussing with my mom about the recommendation by the doctor to have a filter to protect me from a blood clot ..."ok, let’s do it"....
On the day of the surgery. I remember being rolled on a bed and being scared. This is my first memory of being scared. I remember my mom. I don't remember what she said, or if she said anything. I just remember her being there. It calmed me.
This passage above is what happened on August 25, 2012. I am currently diagnosed as a T7 Paraplegic. When the ATV rolled over me I broke vertebrae T7 and T8. I had surgery on the Monday following the accident where two rods and some pretty big screws were placed to stabilize my spine.
This past year I have come a very long way. For the first 6 months I attended In and Outpatient Physical Therapy. At 6 months past injury I started using KFOs (torso to feet braces) to “walk”. At 7 months past injury I learned how to drive with hand controls. At 8 months past injury I flew by myself from Pennsylvania to Texas and rented a car for a week. At 10 months past injury I took on “babysitting” three 8 year olds and a 7 year old for the summer. (umm.. this was tougher than inpatient rehab!)! At 11 months past injury I packed up my car with my 8 year old son, my Boxer (this is my dog, I told this to someone and he asked me what gym the boxer boxed at..lol) and as much personal items my sister could fit and drove from Pennsylvania to Round Rock Texas to start the next phase of my life. Finally at 12 months past injury I started Project Walk Austin.
I cannot express in words how excited I am to have the opportunity to attend Project Walk Austin. They have the attitude of possibilities that you do not find in the hospital rehab programs. Every session I am using my legs. It is amazing to move my legs. I have learned so much in such a short amount of time and I cannot wait to see what I will accomplish at 13, 14 and 15 months past injury.
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June 19, 2018
I would give more if I wasn’t currently out of work. You both have been so kind to me and this is the least I can do. I’ll give again after my next pay day.
April 6, 2018
Wish I could do more but am happy to help a little. I love you Rebecca and am praying you will be able to get this. I know this will improve your life.
March 29, 2018
Love and support for you, my friend.