I think this was Bri’s idea, although it screams of Fener’s ferocity. The chair is around 25 pounds. It’s not terribly heavy, but it’s cumbersome. The balance required for Nick to pull this off is impressive to me.
I want to express the gravity of what going back to therapy at Project Walk means. This won’t be easy because it means everything.
Nick’s therapy at Project Walk from January through June this year gave him his glute muscles back, his hamstrings, his core. Working with Bri and Eric three days a week for over five months infused Nick with hope and had him flirting with freedom. His time at Project Walk cultivated the strength to push forward and the tools to do it safely. He swiftly graduated from parallel bars to a walker, from a walker to forearm crutches, from forearm crutches to hiking poles, from hiking poles to taking wobbly unassisted steps. He summited the Mt Everest of recovery, but only because they’re bad ass sherpas! The extensive knowledge and experience they have working with people who have spinal cord injuries made the critical difference in Nick’s stunning progression.
Not being at Project Walk, not moving forward, not seeing his friends make progress, not being around the community of amazing people, was all really hard on Nick. But even though he spent nine weeks away, having surgery and starting from scratch, nine weeks away filled with emotional turmoil and physical agony, nine weeks away with no formal therapy and very little energy to do his own exercising, even with all of that, he returned to Project Walk today just as strong if not stronger in certain areas than when he left nine weeks ago. I’m not saying he didn’t get his ass kicked. He did. Bri took him to the brink, but no further. It was a tough workout and he’ll be GRATEFUL when he is sore tomorrow. He GOT to workout hard today, he didn’t HAVE to.
I guess what I’m saying is it was lip-smacking, gooey gourmet chocolate cake, scrumptiously delicious to be back.
The hugs, the smiles, the stories from friends. Pure awesomeness!
Nothin’ like a spontaneous trip to the beach. What’s better is meeting up with friends at said spontaneous beach trip. Our Project Walk appointment was changed today, leaving us with a critical decision: drive home at rush hour, or burn time in Carlsbad. And that’s how it happened. Next thing you know, Benji and his daughter Iman are sitting with us. It was beautiful!
Nick lost his balance a lot while walking during therapy today. This means he’s found his limits, and is flirting with them. He’s pushing hard, and his poor lower back is really paying for it. He’s using every bit of strength he has to keep his upper body from falling forward and folding in half. But sometimes it does, and that’s okay. I’ve decided to make a compilation video of all his catches and saves. Stay tuned, Summer 2012.
I can’t get enough of these videos. If you have trouble viewing them on this page, click the links below and you’ll be taken straight to their YouTube pages.
This video is Nick’s “unveiling” to me what his breakthrough was at Project Walk today, followed by Bri’s animated explanation of how it happened. I love her!
I walked in during the last five minutes of his session and he surprised me with this. Apparently I only know three words. Take a guess what they are…
This video was his last lap of the day, he was getting a little tired, but still kicked major butt!
Nicks first attempt at walking hand-in-hand with Bree at Project Walk. She has slick reflexes and caught him when he tripped. ‘Atta girl!
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The other day I mentioned that Nick has been lending an ear to a new friend with a recent spinal cord injury. His name is Ke. He’s lucky. He has an incomplete spinal cord injury which means he has a real chance at walking again if he gets the right therapy. Currently he has some movement in his hips and quads – a promising sign!
Today Ke’s friends launched a donation site for him to raise funds to go to Project Walk. He’s a strong willed guy who doesn’t have a lot of help, but he’s determined to get his life back – just like Nick.
Please check out his site and pitch in if you can.
Thank you times a million!