Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Shriner's - Day 7 (cross-post)

Another big day today! Ben walked with his walker for the first time since surgery! (Stephanie was awesome and made up a treasure hunt for him as motivation.) I couldn't believe how well he did. Yes, Stephanie was supporting him and helping him move his legs but it LOOKED awesome to me. And Stephanie was really happy with his steps.






For the second leg of the treasure hunt, he had to use his bike for the first time. Stephanie couldn't believe that he could do this right away...she was thrilled with how strong his quads are...must have been all that biking in the halls of the the hospital at home.





And he finally got to KEEP his new braces! They required a couple of adjustments so we had to wait until this morning to have them. Pretty cool, eh? I want to take some more pictures of his braces to show you how great they really are. Right now, he can't quite get his feet to a 90 degree angle so the orthotist put a little wedge in each brace that he will shave down as Ben's calves stretch out. Then, hopefully, the wedge can be removed altogether.



There's not much else to write about tonight. OT is still a struggle that will need to be resolved. Luckily, he doesn't have OT again til Friday so I can think on this issue for a few more days.

I have been getting a few questions from commenters and thought it would be a good idea to do a post just answering your questions...so if you have any, fire away and I'll do a post in the next few days just to answer your questions.
Goodnight all.

3 comments:

  1. Those braces are just too cool! For some reason my iPad will not let me watch the videos so I will check them out on my computer later but it sounds like he is doing awesome :-)

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  2. HI.. I THINK BEN DID REALLY WELL WALKING BUT IT'S HARD FOR ME TO SEE.. THE BIKE WAS A LOT EASIER AND HE LOOKED GREAT!!

    YOU SAID YOU WOULD ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS.. #1 WILL YOU BE ABLE TO TAKE BEN OUT SIGHTSEEING IN HIS CHAIR ON A WEEKEND? OR TO A HOTEL FOR A CHANGE OF SCEMERY

    #2 WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO THEY YOU EXPECT BEN TO BE ABLE TO DO AFTER SURGERY?

    #3 HOW MUCH IS HE DOING ON HIS OWN AND HOW MUCH IS HELP? (IT'S HARD FOR ME TO TELL)

    #4DOES HE TOLERATE STANDING IN THE STANDER FOR AN HOURS TIME?

    THANKYOU

    MELISSA

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