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Today is the 9 month anniversary since Payne's accident. On one hand it is hard to believe that it has been 9 months, yet at the same time it has been a long process. Yesterday morning Payne met with his new therapist for a session. Due to his daily dedication to all of his new exercises, his therapist could already see progress. As result, he has combined some exercises into a single movement. For example, Payne used to do reps of just lifting his ankle, reps of extending his knee, and then reps of lifting his leg at the hip. Now he combines all 3 exercises together. We are all feeling very positive about the changes we have seen in the past few weeks. Another emphasis is now Payne's posture. His therapist is really having him focus on his shoulders and neck while sitting, standing and exercising.
Last night was the Bellbrook homecoming dance. Payne had a great time. I have posted a picture of him with his date. We realized how much he has improved since prom where he had to use a walking stick to get around. Last night he did not even wear his ankle brace so that he could fit into dress shoes. He said he was able to dance for the most part.
On Monday Payne was interviewed for an article that is going to run this Thursday in the Dayton Daily News. The article will be stressing his recovery process. We are not sure if it will run in the Neighbors section or the main paper. Mark and I were interviewed as well.
All in all it was another good week with forward progress continuing.