Tina’s Story

Site created on May 10, 2019

We created this site to give everyone updates on Tina’s progress as we work towards full recovery from her completely unexpected stroke on May 9, 2019. We appreciate your prayers, love, support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you

Newest Update

Journal entry by Brad Wittman

Another new month and now 10 months into this completely unexpected journey. Thank you for keeping Tina in your thoughts, prayers and showing her your love in so many ways. We are continually reminded of the many doctors and nurses that told us early on that recovering from a stroke and brain injury just takes a long time. Not knowing ‘how long’ is the hardest part for my little planner and it continues to literally be a day by day process because looking too far ahead with her current limitations is overwhelming. The goal and reminder each day (that applies to all of us) is to live life as full as possible and to, “...not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt 6:34‬)

Tina spends her days, when not in therapy, on all of her home exercises to strengthen her left leg and ankle and her left arm and hand. She is determined to get out of the orthotic brace by doing more walking and exercises without it but still has to be really careful to prevent injury. It also limits the type of shoes she can wear which is really the motivator here because she ‘loves’ shoes.

One exciting milestone to report since the last update is Tina passed the driver evaluation and is now able to drive herself to appointments, visit friends and help with Mom Uber duties. She’s not quite ready for the freeway but loves the freedom and independence of driving.

The attached pics show the very specialized equipment and hard work she’s putting in at the Pushing Bounderies gym. The Amadeo hand and finger rehab machine is fascinating and helps with range of motion and active movement in her hand and individual fingers. The other pic is her doing one leg squats on the total gym with Galileo vibration therapy which uses high frequency vibration to stimulate muscles and minimize spasticity tone. This is her favorite session of the week and good to supplement the normal PT and OT schedule.

Thank you for continuing to keep Tina in your thoughts, prayers and for all of your love and support. It is a really hard long road physically, mentally and emotionally but she is “pressing on...” Phil 3:14
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