Thursday, February 7, 2008

New Therapy! (Neuroworx)

Dan and I have been busy, busy -- I have had a lot going on with work, and Dan has a lot going on with therapy. He has been keeping up his routine at Now I Can and Orem Physical Therapy during the month of January. This has kept him busy working at both of these places, in addition to working out on the Quadriciser at home every day. On Monday at about 5:50 pm - he sent me a text message -- "Do I need to catch a ride with somebody?" I was heads down at work trying to finish up some things, and I had forgotten to go get him from therapy! ... and to top it off... one of the workers DID give him a ride home! We got home about the same time that night.... I am glad there are such good people in the world that watch out for Dan (aren't you?!)

In the meantime, we have been evaluating another facility to take Dan to for therapy (Neuroworx) We ventured up there on Human Rights Day (Jan 21st) as I had the day off. It was a major snow storm that day, but we have a 4-wheel drive, and made it through the deep snow quite handily! We met the founder, Dr. Dale Hull who is a medical doctor that had an injury on a trampoline and became a quadriplegic. He is amazing - because he now walks - without a cane or walker! He started this foundation along with his therapist (Jan Black) and work specifically with patients that have spinal cord injuries. We are thrilled to work with them as they know how to push hard for results and are specialized in recovery therapy.

They have a pool that has a treadmill with cameras that allow them to see what is going on with walking in the water. Here are some pictures of Dan in the pool today - we had a general evaluation there last week, and went back today for an aquatic evaluation.

Dan getting "loaded" into the pool...



Dan "swimming" - trying to get his arms to work...



Dan working against the water resistance with his arms...


Dan walking on the treadmill...


Check out those sexy legs!


(Sorry girls -- he's already taken!)

We will post some videos tomorrow - just know that we are excited to get going on this type of therapy as we think it will be really helpful to Dan!

We also are working to get him a new leg brace -- hopefully a lighter one. We have been traveling up to Salt Lake City for that as well, and last week they took the cast of his leg. We go back next Tuesday to pick it up and get it fitted. He has not been using his brace and his walking is "really -- really slow" without it. We are anxious to get this brace AND get him in therapy at Neuroworx. Jan Black(the clinic director) pointed out several things that Dan does to compensate in the pool today. I am anxious to hear the recommendations and to get a plan in place working with them. I think it will make a big difference for us...

Sorry for not updating the blog as frequently as I need to... I hope you are still out there - checking in from time to time - to see how Dan is doing. We are still plugging away, and have great hopes that with time and effort, we will begin to see the pay off. Take care, friends.

1 comment:

the barker bunch said...

Keep up the good work Dan. Sounds like they are keeping you busy! How was China? You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love you Beau, Abby, and girls.