Wow it's hard to believe that I haven't had time to add an update to this profile since late August. At the time this picture was taken of Roger in a standing frame, he had just started inpatient rehabilitation at Barrow Neurorehab in Phoenix, AZ. And while his eight weeks at Barrow were successful (he recovered more leg function and some upper arm and finger movements), he seriously regressed in the three week's time he was at home after being released from Barrow -- mostly because his three-hour-a-day therapy at Barrow (18 hours per week including Saturday) was cut to just 6 hours of in-home therapy per week. For all of those SCI patients out there wanting to recover, please don't make this mistake. Roger needs at least three hours of therapy a day and needs to exercise on his own in any way he can.
I'm happy to report that Roger is now eating and drinking solid foods, and is back to a two-hour-per-day therapy regimen at Healthsouth in Arizona. When he is released home again, he will be going to outpatient therapy at least 5 days a week and 2 to 3 hours per day -- we will make sure of that even if we have to pay out of pocket for additional therapy above and beyond what insurance covers.
Many thanks for your continued well wishes, prayers, and yes -- those much-needed donations. They are keeping us afloat as we navigate rough waters!
Jul 20, 2014
Roger sustained a C3/C4 spinal cord injury in a rollover car accident and had surgery to stabilize the spine on May 6, 2014. He is paralyzed shoulders down and unable to eat or drink, although he was successfully weaned off the ventilator. Some early signs of motor recovery at 6 weeks post injury have not returned, but his injury was "incomplete" and there is still hope for motor recovery with aggressive rehab.