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Things are finally slowing down a little for Payne this week. His goal is to have one day when he actually will not have to set his alarm. That has not happened since school has started because he has had early morning commitments on every Saturday and Sunday. He got through all of his major school projects last week and only has 3 semester exams this week. That means he does not have to attend school at all on Wednesday, and he does not have to report until later in the day on Thursday and Friday (can sleep in!). Payne took the ACT on Saturday and actually walked out with a big smile on his face. He is confident that he did well. Hopefully he is accurate with his assessment.
He had great therapy session on Sunday morning. Since he meets at his therapist's home, they get creative with space. I have posted a picture of Payne lying on the dining room table while his therapist works with him. We are still seeing small improvements in his gait and are adding complexity to his movements. He really has to focus on relaxing his left hand while walking. When he gets tired, the tone tries to set in. We are also adding movements that will lead up to correct running form. As with walking, his left arm does not want to swing normally, it takes a lot of focus on Payne's part to make his arm swing with each step.
In addition to his therapy exercises, Payne is also working out with dumb bells and a Blowflex at home. He is not back to where he was with respect to strength before the accident, but he has been able to gradually add more and more weight. With his lighter load at school this week, we are hoping to get in an extra session or 2 with his trainer at The Edge. His exercising took a back seat a little bit while he was so busy with school work. Now we can make it a bigger focus for the next couple weeks.
We had his senior pictures taken last week. On the way in to the studio, I shared with Payne how thrilled I was that we were actually able to do this. In addition, he looks like his old self. His accident has caused us to appreciate all of these little milestones so much more.