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Friday, August 12, 2011

A Little Improvement in His Movement

For the past few weeks, I have had this silent fear that Bob is not improving. I say "silent" because I do not voice it, I don't even try to think about it too much. Of course, the latter is impossible. Try as I might, the thought creeps up that he's not improving, that he's really hit the wall, like PT said. That's he's stuck and is never going to get any better. And with that thought, a thousand other thoughts revolving around the fact that I don't know if I can keep this up forever! Yikes.

So I am very happy and quite relieved to report a little improvement these past two days. For the past six months, we've been doing a series of leg exercises (in bed) and, of course, Bob can do the exercises very well with his left leg but not so good with his right. One of the exercises is to lift his leg out sideways and then back again. His right leg, he could always move out to the side (in a sort of jerky, clunky fashion) but never back again, so I would have to lift his leg and place his leg back in the starting position. On Wednesday,  he astounded me by being able to pull his right leg back for the first time ever. And on Thursday, he repeated this (so I knew it wasn't a "fluke"!) for nearly all of the 20 repetitions.

All I can say is Thank Goodness. Thank goodness. Thank goodness for that.


Nikki said...

A little improvement is definitely better than no improvement!

Linda said...

That is HUGE! Glad to hear such positive news.

Jenn said...

Ain't it grand when that happens! When you feel that's it, nowhere else to go, and BLAM! Something great happens.