For me it was another year filled with adversity with ups and downs, and plateaus which were at times frustrating and annoying. But all in all it was another wonderful and beautiful year. If you are reading this that means you are alive, and this is the greatest gift of all.
Q4 was particularly challenging. My diaphragm spasms kept me on the sidelines and prevented me from walking during therapy. My team at Northeast Rehab is so amazing they continue to come up with new techniques to keep my muscle memory alive and active for when the day comes when I can walk again during therapy I will be ready.
I picked up an Evolv easystander standing frame which is designed to help people with spinal cord injuries or for those who are immobile. It helps with the pain associated with the osteoarthritis I have developed in my hips.
We continue to rent a van and go to Project Walk Boston located in Stratham New Hampshire once a month to use the FES bike on both my arms and legs which is helping with the osteoarthritis and our goal is to purchase both a van and the FES bike this year.
I have seen a number of specialists including a fantastic spinal cord doctor at Spaulding rehab in Charlestown. We’re trying to get to the bottom of what is causing the spasms. It really knocked me off the horse so to speak but with determination and willpower I will be back to making progress hopefully sooner rather than later.
I’ve done my best to dodge the curse of the coronavirus and so far I’ve managed to stay healthy. I have seen a number of people in my network get sick some worse than others and unfortunately one friend who I played basketball with for many years succumbed to the virus and passed away. This really hit me hard and put a sense of urgency into getting the vaccine.
As you can see from the picture above I was fortunate enough to get the Moderna vaccine last weekend and I encourage anyone who has access to the vaccine to do the same.
I have a number of goals for therapy in 2021 and I am working on a ginormous stretch goal for something unrelated to Therapy but it will be very important, possibly the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life. Stay tuned and hang in there, I love all of you and miss you dearly🙏❤️