Nicks spine doctor has cleared him to begin walking. We saw him this morning for X-rays and a follow-up. They were thrilled with Nicks healing in the past eight weeks since his surgery. The bones are fusing and the hardware is still in place. He said it could be up to a year until Nicks vertebrae are completely done fusing and healing. But for now, it is at least safe enough for him to get upright. He also doesn’t need to wear that ridiculous turtle shell anymore except while he’s learning to walk (in case he takes a fall). This last week he has been doing more and more transfers without the brace and it’s been fine. Not being dependent on that thing anymore is like getting your A license. What a sense of freedom, accomplishment and relief. Being mobile is getting easier. Can’t wait til it gets less painful.
More swimming today, but this time we started the work out with some free weights. He was so sore afterward! I love how determined he is to get strong again. He wants his life back so badly, and is working extremely hard to get there. We are having such great experiences each and every time we go to our gym. The people there are so warm and welcoming of him. They bend over backwards to cater to Nicks needs. I honestly believe they are just sincerely impressed by him. They’re not kissing his ass, they are showing him respect. Respect for getting out of his house, out of his comfort zone and doing something active, everyday, in order to better his life and health. This, while in a wheelchair with no feet. No feet, and no excuses. Just motivation and action. Today was a good day!