Good to be back on the beach

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A great week again at Project Walk particularly with my brother and dad here to help and encourage. I have been able to add a lot of other therapy and movement at home, and when we are out and about with two strong sets of hands around. The highlights for the week have nothing to do with project walk but outings we’ve made. On Saturday we went and watched the redbull air race which happened to be on in San Diego, where Pete and Dad helped me to walk onto the beach. And even though I couldn’t feel the sand with my feet, it was invigorating.

The other highlight was this morning when again with their help I had a shower without involving commode and stood up for a shower.It felt pretty good after having sat down for a shower for the last 10 months. There is a rail out the front of our condo, that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, here is a picture of me standing up holding the rail (sort of) and looking back towards Oz.

At project walk we started to get more focussed on what is weak, with plenty of work on my shoulders and arms, and also on my right hip flexor.If my body is feeling good, you can definitely feel and see the improvement in the way my body parts are working together. It has been very frustrating at times as I cannot imagine why my body won’t work the way I want it. It is a game of patience however, and it is not going to happen overnight or without a lot of effort. I am putting up with enormous amounts of pain as my bodies nervous system reconnects itself, and I literally have to convince that it wants to. My time off from project walk over here for the past two weeks has had to involve resting to make sure that I am ready for the next session. I have one week to go, and I am determined to get to the end of my time without missing an hour.

I am interested to what we will work on this week with it being the last week before we do train-the-trainer. I am very tired, and physically sore from the work done so far and hope that we can continue to work on the bits that are weak and come home with them as strong as they can be.

I have included a clip on YouTube of me walking with sticks, with hand grips and a trainer assisting me to make up for my weak shoulders, hands and wrists.