I realize that I have not posted an update in quite a while, but here goes my shot trying to get people up-to-date.
I continue to work out approximately 25 hours a week. My time is split amongst the adaptive based locomotor exercise – ABLE program, Fit 4 Recovery and my functional electrical stimulation (FES) bike. At ABLE, I spend 6 hours a week working on the locomotor training and with a stimulator working strengthening my core and upper body. At Fit 4 Recovery, I also spend 6 hours a week spending most of my time standing and doing various mat workouts. Then, in my spare time during the week and on weekends, I get on my FES bike at home where I hook up stimulation pads to various muscles to help me pedal an arm or leg bike. Progress continues to happen; however, it is much much slower than I would like. I continue to learn with a SCI things don’t always happen as fast as I would like. My top goal continues to be to hold Alexa once again, so I will continue to work as hard as I can to achieve this goal.
Life continues to be adventurous in our household. Melissa and I love spending time with Alexa, going to different sporting events, playing at the park and hanging out with friends and family. We have learned that while my injury continues to be difficult at times and slows us down, we are still able to do most things. We continue to be humbled by everyone’s generosity.
I have been fortunate over this year to reduce the number of UTIs and kidney stones significantly. A couple things that I believe have helped with this are maintaining my water intake every day, drinking 4 ounces of concentrated lemon juice every day and reducing my salt intake. I have also been fortunate not to have any pressure sores.
Over the last year I’ve had the opportunity to do a few more public speaking occasions. I spoke in front of the Osceola fellow Christian athletes where I was able to discuss how being a Christian at high school helped me through my high school, college days as well as even today. I also spoke at the Toast to Courage Fundraiser where I shared my experiences with Courage Kenny and helped them raise money for a Lokomat at the Golden Valley location.
Melissa and I involved in helping others with SCI through the non-profit Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis (GUSU) peer meetings and our work with the organization to educate, advocate and support research for functional recovery. Science is getting closer every day and we want to help speed up the process. In the meantime, I am staying as fit as I can so my body is ready when a treatment is available.
Thank you for everyone’s continued thoughts and prayers. I realize that I have not updated you with my progress as much as I would like, but I still greatly appreciate everyone’s help. Now that my day-to-day condition is pretty stable, I will try to do a yearly post to provide updates.