I could spend hours staring at all the pictures I took this afternoon. It just doesn’t get old. My heart pitter-patters when I see Nick standing with his old shoes on. Almost back to normal.
Leading up to this appointment today we were both calmly nervous. We had our doubts whether he would be able to stand up or not. Boy did he really shatter those silly unfounded doubts! He walked down the parallel bars three times, and each was dramatically smoother and stronger than the previous one. His left leg is strong but his right still has a way to go. It wobbled quite a bit as he would pull it through in front of the left. Phil mentioned maybe a knee brace temporarily for stabilization. Whatever, so long as he’s walking.
And his pain? Not even mentionable while he was standing. Blame it on adrenaline if you wish, but our bodies are meant to move and be active. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that he wasn’t in pain while walking. I suspect his pain will always be less while he is intensely focused on something else. Add that to the fact that he is upright and moving his stiff body, and it makes perfect sense.
Despite my Dad getting Nick a killer walker, we realized today that there is still a long road ahead just using the parallel bars. Stability won’t come over night. After a quick search online for parallel bars for our home, we found nothing that would work for our situation. Just looking for a lead, maybe to buy, maybe to rent. Will continue looking tomorrow. It makes sense that he needs anytime-access to a safe place to practice walking. A safe place we don’t have to drive to or burden anybody else at.
We haven’t been this emotionally high in a long time. Today is a day I will never forget. I will never forget that deep sense of pride for being a part of this all. For having such a strong, determined warrior by my side. The emotions were heavy as I visualized a year from now, how easy life will be. I can SEE it now! And so can he. It’s right around the corner, we just have to do the work.