Back at Project Walk again today. He is so much stronger than just two weeks ago. Instead of using the 40lb setting to hold him standing with the body harness, Bree set it to 30lbs. This forced his core to work overtime to keep him upright. He stood for a long time without using his hands.
Next, Bree put him in a harness on a track (he looked like a puppet on a string) to walk with a walker. He walked very upright, with almost no weight on his arms. This was the best I’ve ever seen him do. We were all beaming with pride! He was exhausted and sweating, after only a few short trips. This contraption allowed him to have a proper body position and use his legs and core instead of his arms for stability. We can’t wait to go back on Wednesday for more.
After a week without his OxyContin, it was finally approved. Without bitching about all the frustrating details, I will say that we learned a critical lesson regarding pharmacies and communication. He could have received the meds last Thursday, but it fell through the cracks, even with Nick calling daily to expedite the process. After a mini fit of anger this morning, we’ve moved on emotionally and are grateful it’s over and that Nick has his meds (until we have to deal with this again next month, and the month after that, and the month after that…)
Last night I received a phone call from an incredible woman named Candice, whom I’ve never met. Her husband Tim Sagehorn was in a terrible skydiving accident at Elsinore on December 8. She found my blog and decided to get in touch. What a brave, selfless, determined, thorough, caring and smart woman!
Tim is still in the hospital with a very bad brain injury and multiple fractures to his lower body. He’s in bad shape. I have faith he will get back to living a fulfilling life, but I know it will be a long road for them. Hearing his story makes me grateful for Nick all over again. I am so grateful we are past those daily battles in the hospital. He has very little support from his own family and was a fairly new jumper as well. I hope Candice doesn’t mind that I also mention they were (are) in the process of a divorce. But despite this, she has been by his side non stop since the day of the accident, living in a hotel room for a month and taking weeks and weeks off of work. Her dedication and perseverance is incredible, her character unshakable, and I was inspired deeply when I spoke with her. Please visit her blog/donation website for Tim. He could really use our support right now. Tim Sagehorn Blog