Friday, May 23, 2008

KKI Week 1

From the KKI website.
"The ICSCI’s RT program focuses on Functional Electric Stimulation (FES). [aka e-stim, or stim] With FES, a computer sends electrical messages telling a person’s legs to contract and relax, just as the brain does normally. For example this process allows a person with paralysis to "pedal" a specially designed bike. [or Dan's Diaphragm Pacer]. "

E stim pads are hooked up to various major muscles. In the arms, legs, stomach, back. When the charge is initiated, the muscles contract, and cause the body to move.

Dan has good stim at all points that have been tested. Nerves will grow back faster, when stim is used.

This was watching e-stim movement from Dan's arm. It involves thinking of what you are trying to move. Dan says its like bench pressing one and a half what you would normally lift. It's hard, and he gets worn out quickly.

He has been given a very aggressive therapy schedule, over 6 hours each day [between 2 sessions]. Just like getting back into the gym, for the first time in your life.
Dan is still dealing with lack of sleep, waking up often in the night and not being able to get back to sleep.


Anonymous said...

Yeah!!!! The stimming has begun! You gotta fet an EMPI 300...welcome to the zapping Dan...I get Alex all the time. I cannot wait to hear what has been happening. Please tell Jody hi from us in Ohio.

Beth Malarkey

beth said...

Ok, me again...have you rode the FES bike? HAve you met Pat in person? HAve you met Dr. McDonald?...Dan, I am anxiously awaiting the details!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting, Bill and Dan, we know how busy you are and now sooooooo tired. Keep the post and pics coming.
Dan, will be praying for you to sleep better.
Keep up the hard work.
Connie Lukacs

Anonymous said...

Ok, Knudsons,[connie again] do you think your life could get any crazier??? CONGRATS on the birth of your new neice/grandaughter!

Anonymous said...

yeah...looks like a great workout.
keep up the good work!
have a nice Memorial Day...

Anonymous said...

Looks like quite the goings on there, with all the electronics. We think about you all the time man.
-Ethan and The rest of the Harrison Fam-Jam

Jacquie said...

Hi Dan! I want you to know I am praying for you EVERY DAY and am cheering you and your family on!! When you have a chance ask your doctor/therapists if they have any suggestions about what more I can be doing with you with massage therapy. I've missed seeing you lately!! Keep up your good work! The Lord will give you the perseverence to keep going every day! Jacquie