I have just finished week 4 at Project Walk and I’ve been really happy with my progress. I have been working really hard at getting the bits that are working well to work better and the bits that are working badly to work at all! My walking has been going really well still with plenty of assistance and finally my left glute muscle is doing its job and supporting my body weight when I try and take a step with my left leg planted and stepping with my right. The next problem is getting the right leg to come through as it is supposed to! This is where I am sending out a telegraph for my right flexor to join the party! This muscle group is needed to lift the leg and pull it through so you can place at ready to take a step with the other leg. Monica and I have placed some more video on youtube with me taking some assisted steps. One of the videos will show you exactly what I mean. One of the physical trainers at Project Walk is assisting my right leg to come through straight and telling the hip flexor to do its job. If you do a search in youtube for “MichaelForbes.org project walk” you get a list of videos that we have taken and posted to this point.
I would like to thank the people that have contributed to the extra sessions that I have been able to take, by Friday afternoons I am completely exhausted. After the session on Friday, I came home and slept for three hours, got up at and ate dinner, went back to bed and slept for 10 hours!
I have two weeks of therapy to go and one more week working with Moni and Patrick where they will be being trained in how to help me when I return home. In that two weeks I have high hopes of what I’ll be able to achieve before I return home. There could even be something as exciting as being able to walk independently with a set of sticks! The only problem will be how do I hold the sticks with wrists and hands that don’t work? Maybe we will come up with a solution and maybe not.
Tomorrow my brother and father arrive to give me some assistance for the next 10 days. I am really looking forward to their arrival, but I think Moni is looking forward to it more. It has been really hard work for Moni as little Ash has needed entertaining every day. So guess what Pete, you have a job when you arrive! We are also hoping to get some more video up on youtube with some extra hands around. Following Dad and Pete will be Moni’s mum and Patrick to get us through the final stint. So the next three weeks should be good fun and a lot of hard work with some extra company around.
Hope you are all well and enjoying the posts as much as I am enjoying making improvements each day. Keep well everyone and see you all soon.