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    Talking I just WALKED!!!!!!!

    I am a T-4 ASIA A, 4.5 years post injury. I started a round of PT about 2 months ago to deal with my scoliosis. In the process, we discovered that I have muscles firing below my level of injury.

    We started working with abduction and adduction, then knee extension, then hip rotation - internal and external.... About a month ago, I joined a gym and started getting in the pool. A friend helped me with my exercises and we work them all regularly. A few days ago I found that I had obliques.

    Yesterday, in therapy I was asking what should come next in my progression. So, today, I wrapped my knees in ace wraps to keep them from buckling, strapped 3 pound weights to my ankles to keep them from floating and tried to stand in 5' of water (I'm 5'12").

    Since that was so successful, I tried to take a step. Right, Left, Right. Then I burst into tears and we cried and crowed together about doing the impossible.

    After that, we worked about another 20 minutes of me getting my feet squared up and then stepping forward braced on my friend's arms. All told, I walked about 50' and plan to slowly start working toward more shallow water so that I take more weight on my legs.

    My goal is to walk with KAFOs and crutches for Christmas.
    Last edited by JenJen; 05-20-2009 at 03:27 PM. Reason: fixed typo for clarity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JenJen View Post
    I am a T-4 ASIA A, 4.5 post injury. I started a round of PT about 2 months ago to deal with my scoliosis. In the process, we discovered that I have muscles firing below my level of injury.

    We started working with abduction and adduction, then knee extension, then hip rotation - internal and external.... About a month ago, I joined a gym and started getting in the pool. A friend helped me with my exercises and we work them all regularly. A few days ago I found that I had obliques.

    Yesterday, in therapy I was asking what should come next in my progression. So, today, I wrapped my knees in ace wraps to keep them from buckling, strapped 3 pound weights to my ankles to keep them from floating and tried to stand in 5' of water (I'm 5'12").

    Since that was so successful, I tried to take a step. Right, Left, Right. Then I burst into tears and we cried and crowed together about doing the impossible.

    After that, we worked about another 20 minutes of me getting my feet squared up and then stepping forward braced on my friend's arms. All told, I walked about 50' and plan to slowly start working toward more shallow water so that I take more weight on my legs.

    My goal is to walk with KAFOs and crutches for Christmas.
    That's amazing! You just made my day and it has been pretty shitty so thank you. Great to have that goal!
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    Awesome!

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    I can "hula hoop" my hips too. I can see that coming in handy -- maybe even faster than the walking stuff.
    Last edited by JenJen; 05-20-2009 at 03:28 PM. Reason: edited typo for clarity
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    Wonderful.I tear up every time I hear your progress.Totally amazing girl!

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    Best news I've heard in some time! Thanks for the boost.

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    way to go Jen!! You work so hard, great news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JenJen View Post
    I am a T-4 ASIA A, 4.5 post injury. I started a round of PT about 2 months ago to deal with my scoliosis. In the process, we discovered that I have muscles firing below my level of injury.

    We started working with abduction and adduction, then knee extension, then hip rotation - internal and external.... About a month ago, I joined a gym and started getting in the pool. A friend helped me with my exercises and we work them all regularly. A few days ago I found that I had obliques.

    Yesterday, in therapy I was asking what should come next in my progression. So, today, I wrapped my knees in ace wraps to keep them from buckling, strapped 3 pound weights to my ankles to keep them from floating and tried to stand in 5' of water (I'm 5'12").

    Since that was so successful, I tried to take a step. Right, Left, Right. Then I burst into tears and we cried and crowed together about doing the impossible.

    After that, we worked about another 20 minutes of me getting my feet squared up and then stepping forward braced on my friend's arms. All told, I walked about 50' and plan to slowly start working toward more shallow water so that I take more weight on my legs.

    My goal is to walk with KAFOs and crutches for Christmas.
    Fantastic! Wise.

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    Thanks all. I'm still on Cloud 9.

    Wise, maybe you can answer a question I've been getting... "How can this be?" "Has my ASIA status changed because I have volitional movement?"

    Still no anal sensation and I understand that is the indicator of ASIA status.
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    Dawna Markova Author of Open Mind.

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    Jen, that is wonderful!

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