When Payne had his accident, he was not cited by the police. They determined that the accident was not his fault, therefore, Payne still has his drivers license. However, given the type of injury he suffered, we wanted to ensure that he is ready to drive when he returns to the road to drive solo. He has been driving with Mark or I as often as he can. We have also enrolled him in the Southview Neuro Rehab driving re-certification program. Last Tuesday, he completed the first component with flying colors. This included a test over driving laws, etc. and driving on the simulator. Payne's evaluator said that she has no concerns at this time and that he did extremely well. Next he will complete an on-road test in a couple weeks.
There was very nice article about Payne in the Dayton Daily News on Thursday focusing on Payne's recovery. When the reporter asked Payne why he continues to attend all soccer practices and games, Payne said the following,"It's a team I played a part in making successful, and I want to see them be successful." On Thursday the soccer team won the district title for the third year in a row (a school record for consecutive district titles). It was a very exciting game ending in sudden death penalty kicks. The team is now in the Sweet 16 of the state tournament. I posted a photo of the seniors with the trophy.
We continue to be very happy with the progress Payne is making with his new physical therapist. He had a session this morning that was great. Under his therapist's direction, he is able to improve his walking gait to look much more normal. When Payne does this, he has to really concentrate to make his foot, ankle, knee and hip work correctly. As his therapist said, as humans we take years and millions of steps to get the walking gait normal and without thought as we progress from toddlers to young children. Payne is starting over with this process, so it will take a lot of repetition to get to the point where he will not have to consciously think about moving each joint correctly.
For those of you who are out of town and want to read the article, here is the link http://shar.es/1mT3Xg