There has been a new exciting development in Nicks world that I should have mentioned already. As I’ve said before, Nick is partially paralyzed from the waist down, mainly on the back of his body. His glutes, hamstrings, outer thighs, and “girdle” area are all affected. In those areas, he’s had no muscle function and very diminished sensation. Of course, if this wasn’t the case, I’m sure he would have been running a half marathon by now. Well, on the first day at Project Walk, during the testing, we realized that the function of his butt muscles is starting to return. He can flex his butt cheeks a little bit now. This is a huge improvement from just a few weeks ago when the gluteal muscles wouldn’t fire at all. After 8 months, some of it is returning. What a blessing. We hope all the muscles begin to wake up. Standing and walking unassisted will be extremely difficult if he doesn’t regain function and strength in these muscles. Imagine having no butt muscles. You’d fall over and be severely limited in your daily life. We are just so thrilled to see this improvement. It’s HUGE!
Sunday January 29, 2012