I'm officially back in therapy after a year, and it sure felt like a long one! I'm so excited I'm dancing in my chair. :)
My goals for therapy are to increase strength and mobility in my trunk, and to strengthen my upper body (especially my triceps) to prepare for transfers and better bed mobility.
My other goal, which I will work on with one therapist in particular, is normal range of motion in my neck. I have what is called spinal tethering, which is basically scar tissue that adheres to the spinal cord, causing symptoms such as numbness in areas that are not effected by the injury. Quite upsetting. I was cleared by my neuro to continue with therapy, and I'm hoping that improving posture and flexibility will cut down on the numbness and nerve pain. Also, improving my ROM will allow me to start driving again. Getting my license back will be a huge confidence booster, as well as renewing some of my independence.
Things are looking up!
May 28, 2014
Hello, everyone! I want to thank all who have donated to my fund, it means so much to know that not only do I have the love and support of some of the best people on earth, but that they, and others, are also willing to offer me monetary support.
I positively despise having to fundraise, as I know that so many of us these days are struggling financially, injured or not. Unfortunately, quadriplegia is not only a pain in the butt physically (well...not literally, because I can't feel my butt, but you know what I mean...), it is also incredibly expensive. Even with government medical support, people in chairs struggle to pay for rent, transportation, food and other non-medical necessities when they are unable to work due to injury or illness. That is why it is vital that all of our medical expenses (such as therapy, supplies, and adaptive equipment not paid for by insurance) are paid, so we can concentrate on the every day task of keeping ourselves fed, clothed, and sheltered.
I continue to inch my way into a new life, with re-made goals and a much more appreciative outlook on life. Thank you for being with me as I fight against the persistent limitations of my body. Love to you all!