Wednesday, June 18, 2008

KKI week 4

Each time I have tried to post, the internet connection here at KKI has been low. I sometimes can't even get to see the most recent photos of grandchildren. :o(

Let me just list for you some of the things going on with Dan.
*Dan has had a series of casts on his legs to correct turned feet.
*He now has removable casts that he will gradually wear several hours a day to keep his feet positioned well.
*He has good hand/arm splints.
*He cycles every day -- one day legs, one day arms.
*He's had x-rays and ultrasounds. (pacer company won't OK an MRI)
*Dan does have a torn rotator cuff -- he's had shoulder pain since his January hospital stay. Recovery will be long since his muscles do not have the strength on their own to hold position.
*Dan loves the food here.
*Sleep is slowly improving.
*We learned that the reason his neck is always sore is because he uses those muscles to augment his breathing to be able to speak longer sentences without a break. He is learning how to work with that.

I read Christopher Reeves' book when I first got here and was amazed at how much recovery he had gotten back. I had no idea that he could lift his fingers, hands, and arms, as well as take steps when he was in the pool. I know it was because of the exercise he did every day. We are learning where to place the electrodes to stimulate Dan's muscles and will work with him the same way when he gets home.

Dan and I went to church with Jeff and Jen Sunday and then out to eat.

By the way, Dan is not Asia A, complete, but Asia B, incomplete! (The Asia scale is used in "spinal cord injury world.")


Anonymous said...

The progress Dan has made is just awesome! Your family continues to inspire us and challenge us.
Please know that you are being prayed for by many!

ethan said...

WOW. That's pretty much all I have to say. Neat therapy you are going through. Thanks for keeping us all up to date.
your alabama cousin,

Anonymous said...

Dan, your great-grandmother had a little pin in the shape of a little caterpillar and it read, "Inch by inch". So, keep on Dan, so proud of you!! God is good!!

Jane-Jane said...

Dan, is it strange to see your legs and feet moving like that on the bike? I'm so excited for you that you are getting this PT....only God knows how this will assist in your movement forward.

Question...the last line about the A/B complete/incomplete...what does this info mean to your future PT away from the center?

still praying for you!

Anonymous said...

Dear Dan and Family,

Just amazing, the progress you are making! We are thrilled that there are so many new advances which can help and that you've got the "stick-with-it-ness" to hang in there. Go DAN! Yeah!!!!

Sergio and Janni

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work!!!

Trish said...

Hello from Phoenix,
It's great to hear you are meeting some new friends up there. Fill us all in on the Asia incomplete. What's that? Glad to hear you are enjoying the food and that you are sleeping better. You are always in my family's prayers Say "hi" to your mom and Dad and aunt Mary
Blessing to all of you,

Mary Stockdale said...

Wow, Dan this is so awesome!! I am amazed at your progress. Keep working hard! Praying for you. :)

Anonymous said...

Just got in from vacation-5a.
Tell us more about the asia incomplete!!!!!!!!!!! I know it sounds good.
Connie Lukacs
ps praise God you finally got the right splints!

Anonymous said...

So Amazing Dan!
You are such an inspiration to us!!! Thanks for sharing your journey with everyone & for being an example of trusting in the Lord. We are so excited to see your progress! God is blessing your faithfulness to trust HIM!!!
You & your family are in our hearts & prayers!!!
We love you all very much!
The McReavy's