One step at a time is what they all say. When Dr. Shroff heard that I stood up for the first time she wanted to jump right into the next step, walking. The morning of September 30th, 2009 I took my first step all by myself for the first time in 176 days. I was in metal and plastic braces that go about half way up my back for support because my legs are still too weak, but I did it all by myself. My physio, Jaya, was behind me making sure I wasn't going to fall, and Dr. Shroff was in front teaching me how to walk. She told me to put one hand forward, swing my hips opposite whatever hand I moved, and then pull my leg forward. Dr. Shroff dedicated about a half hour, no interruptions or anything, solely to get me to walk. If she wasn't there or wasn't willing to do that, I probably wouldn't have been able to walk for a couple more weeks. Everyone in the room was completely shocked that I was able to do it, I myself was even shocked. i can't put it into words how incredible it was to stand up straight and actually walk. A patient who was in the physio room when I happened to be walking, rolled over to me later and joked that I was going to be jogging up and down the streets in no time. Everyday since then that I've had physio we have been practicing and each day I seem to be getting better. Hopefully by the time I leave Nu Tech I will be walking without braces.
Sorry it has been so difficult to keep this blog updated, but starting tomorrow there should be a new post everyday. We have been so busy lately that we haven't had time to keep the blog up to date, but we will catch you up on everything that has happened.