Yesterday was the nine month point since Nick’s accident. I’ve probably said this before, but I look forward to the time when the 20th of each month doesn’t trigger emotions for me. The last few months of “anniversaries” have felt pretty good. I’ve used that time to reflect upon how far he’s come. But just the fact that I still measure time in “months since Nick’s accident” means that it’s still engulfing my heart and mind. I’m okay with that… for now anyway.
We saw Nick’s prosthetist today, and addressed a list of concerns. Now that he can straighten his hips more, and stand taller, he has been standing too far on his toes. Also, his therapist at Project Walk noticed that one leg is about a quarter inch longer than the other. How we missed that before, I just don’t know. But we got them both fixed today.
Just those two minor adjustments and Nick can now stand up straight, unassisted, not holding the bars, for about 20 seconds or so. Wow! The longest he could let go for was 1 second, before today. When he did it for the first time today, it brought tears to my eyes. It’s been almost a year since I’ve seen Nick stand upright, totally relaxed and sturdy. It’s amazing what a little tweaking to the ol’ fake legs will do for a guys balance. Now that his feet are slightly more flexed, he says that walking feels better. It looks better too. I can see that he’s rolling more smoothly from his heals to his toes.
An accomplishment like this one just affirms how close he is to walking unassisted. He also tried walking along the parallel bars only using one hand. He made about four steps before losing balance. Prior to today, he couldn’t even take one step forward unless both hands were holding him up.
I am really looking forward to seeing him workout at Project Walk tomorrow. I’ve got to see these new adjustments in action. I may even skip my beach workout to watch every second of his. THAT’S how stinkin’ epic this is!!