Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Left Legs Turn

I am glad that my left leg finally jumped on the bandwagon. While doing therapy yesterday, my left leg was slightly bent, and I was able to kick it up. It was great to feel my whole leg contract to do the motion. It's also a good accomplishment because the movement is not only hard, but I have to fight gravity to do it. I feel strength in my legs more and more every day. I can't wait until I can do more and more things on my own.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Popping and Shopping

I feel like things are still progressing at a steady rate. I have had more good signs that things are continually progressing. My lower abs around my pelvic region have been contracting, which hopefully will help me get some more strength in my core.  I have also had a few more popping noises going on throughout therapy. My left hip has made a couple large popping noises, which leaves it incredibly uncomfortable. Luckily, we have found some stretches that help put my hip back into place. Also popping quite regularly are my shoulders and  wrists. My therapist say this is pretty normal since I don't have strong enough muscle to hold my joints into place correctly.

I have also enjoyed shopping and browsing online for OT supplies. There are so many crazy contraptions out there. I never thought that I could spend 2 to 3 hours just browsing around looking for things to help me. I was checking out hand controls recently. If my hands get working, temporarily I can use hand controls drive a vehicle. Now don't get nervous that I'll be on the road anytime soon, this is still a long ways away. It's nice to know though that there are still options out there.

I also have been looking into going back to school. I would love to take some online classes, and work closer towards getting a degree, the biggest hassle now is deciding what to go into. How much I recover will definitely play in the deciding factor, and since that is unknown it makes it even tougher. I have a couple years under my belt so I don't have a lot of free classes I can take before I will have to decide on a degree. It's something I'm still working on.

Monday, January 3, 2011


Things are still moving fairly slowly. I do still have that little bit of movement in my left leg. While lying on my back if someone stabilizes my eight goals and my knees are bent, I can also hold my legs up in the air. Of course the muscles get tired and eventually they fall but it's a start.

The spasms are getting stronger every day. When my abs spasm I almost can't catch my breath sometimes. I also think that the new pressure in my stomach as causing to have some appetite issues. My legs can spasm so hard they stick straight out and actually lift off the ground. There also contracting and bending. It's almost as if they are learning when to bend and went to straighten, sometimes. The good thing about them bending and straightening is that means that both the front and the back muscles are working.my tricep in my right arm is finally starting to trigger to. Once I build up some strength this will be enormously beneficial. It will allow me to slide or transfer on my own.

I have a new brace that I was supposed to wear on my left arm. The joint between my wrist and my first thumb knuckle is awfully tender when bumped wrong.  They call it a De Quervains. They aren't 100% sure what causes it, but they believe it's an overuse of my thumb. This is pretty likely since my son was the first finger I can use to push. I use it every day on the computer, I use it to control my bed, so it's definitely being worked more than my other fingers are.

The pain in my right hip has come back. I really cannot figure out any rhyme or reason to why it comes and goes. It's not unbearable, but it's definitely not comfortable. Things are definitely coming along. With the new year it's deftly made me make some resolutions I hope to be able to accomplish by the end of the year.

1. To transfer on my own.
2.  To be able to roll over from my back to my stomach.
3. To be able to crawl.
4. To be independent in my wheelchair.
5. To walk.

Although most of these goals depend on how quickly my body continues to heal, my resolution is really more to do everything in my power to make sure that they are accomplished. It is up to me to work hard, keep trying new things, and to not give up. 2011 has my name written all over it!