Proud Moment

Something happened today that I am VERY proud of. Before I reveal the good news I just want to address the fact that I am my biggest critic. It takes something pretty spectacular to impress myself. Since the accident there have only been a couple incidents where I truly surprised myself. The first would be gaining movement in my legs (not even steps, just movement). The second, that I can think of right now, would be retraining my bladder. That was the ugliest, most uncomfortable experience ever might I say. But it was also one of the best decisions I’ve made in my recovery. Instead of self catheterization, which the doctors told me was my “best option”, I am completely in control of my bladder today.

Anyways, you’re probably wondering what this awesome news is that I have.. Well as many of you who follow my recovery know, I have been walking with the guidance of a physical therapist for the past few months. In order to take steps I have to basically throw my body into it, hence why the trainer is needed. Today for the first time I walked the parallel bars, which require a lot more work on my part. I tried this about 3 months ago and couldn’t even stand with two physical therapists.

This just goes to show that all of my hard work is paying off. It may not be happening nearly as fast as I want, but it’s happening. So, when I’m having one of those bad days I can just think about where I started, which is nowhere near where I am today. Thank God.

Happiness is not pleasure – it is victory.

Here’s a short video of walking the bars: