Project Walk! Oh how I love thee!
Nick tried some new moves again today. I delight in the fact that Project Walk provides a secure environment for Nick to grow and flourish, try and fail, and push himself safely to exhaustion. Since he learned to walk holding Eric’s arm on Wednesday, today he did more of the same before taking it up a notch. The next level of independence will be to walk freely with only one crutch. So, that’s exactly what they tried. He charged a few laps with only one crutch, all the while securely fastened into the hanging harness. The concensus is that Nick is not ready for this yet. He was wobbly, losing his balance, and falling into the harness. We think it’s due to the single point of contact of the crutch to the ground. It rotates as he puts his weight on it, causing him to lose his balance. Eric mentioned that a four-point cane (like old ladies use) would likely keep Nick from rotating around the crutch.
Nick was also “practicing for landing” at therapy today. In a harness, he held onto a bar and did squat jumps in preparation to land a parachute one day. It wasn’t a completely accurate simulation of a parachute landing, but was exciting all the same. He really got into it; I could tell he was visualizing coming in for landing on the grass. The impact on his joints and spine didn’t seem to bother him at all either, which is a major bonus.
The workout was rough on him though. We got home around 3PM, and he’s been in bed ever since – only getting up for dinner and toileting. The dude is worn out. His workouts are getting harder, his muscles are waking up more, and he is still healing. At six hardcore workouts a week (1-2 hours in length), coupled with all the “everyday” energy he exerts just to survive, it’s no wonder he is knackered! His pain meds make him loopy and groggy as well, which never helps. But despite his extreme fatigue this evening, I’m proud of his determination to keep pushing forward. Proud, because I realize how easy it could be for someone to chose the alternative.