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Exhausted, I RAN and DANCED FOR JOY today

Friday, September 06, 2013




I AM TOTALLY, physically and mentally exhausted.





Every single muscle in my body, even my pinkies.





Today a MIRACLE HAPPENED. I could RUN. Something I have not been able to do for a long time. It's like being RE-Born, Second Chances, doors opening, a true miracle. You see I have been very ill with a disease affecting my ability to move.


Today I went to Chico, Ca. to get the Bioness L300 Plus working for both legs !!!
The Bioness helps people with strokes, spinal issues like injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other health issues where the muscles are not getting the nerve impulses properly to move. It makes the almost impossible - Now POSSIBLE.





It zaps you with a pulse of electricity which at first feels almost painful to OUCH until they adjust the strength properly, matching it to your muscles needs. When it works properly it's like MAGIC, Sheer, pure MAGIC !!! You don't notice it after a bit zapping you.





Matt who came out to hook me up was a kind gentleman. He spent a few hours programing the system, tweaking it, to make it customized for my personal needs.






If you ever get fitted for a Bioness wear a SKORT ladies. The unit goes high on the thigh, close to the curve of your butt cheeks. . . Matt kept his hands between my legs for a few hours off and on as needed. You get the idea. It took lots of adjusting, fiddling with the device with your legs spread open. It wouldn't of been possible otherwise unless I would of worn short daisy dukes which do not look good on a 50 year old. The skort was modest, lady like, covering up nicely those bits while allowing him access. Blush.

He started with one leg and moved to the other. I was amazed at how quickly my muscles adapted making walking MUCH EASIER. In the beginning it felt like I was a puppet, moving with someone controlling my movements.

Then my body adapted so my gait feels normal. For the first time in years I can move my legs normally. It feels like the weights were removed from my legs. The upper leg unit can be used to stimulate the hamstrings or quads. At first my hamstrings were stimulated. It was OK, but not great. When I stepped outside on a very slight downhill slope, my legs felt like they were going to buckle. I was not pleased. When Matt flipped the arrangement of electrodes so the quads were stimulated and I was thrilled.

As we went around the back of the hospital, there is a garden to walk with stairs and a sloped bridge that curved upwards more so than the walkway. Because the quads were being stimulated I could walk briskly and on uneven ground. Before the Bioness I could walk at an elderly, slow pace. It never varied, because I was just too weak. With the Bioness I climbed the stairs strongly without any issues. Normally I struggle to lift my foot up over a curb.







I walked briskly, increasing my pace - since I could with the Bioness. It made me feel invincible, on-top-of the world good. With a great big SMILE PLASTERED ON MY FACE, my speed increased until I was RUNNING FULL SPEED !!! I ran over the bridge up the stairs a few loops with my Nordic pole over my head. I did a ROCKEY at the top of the stairs WAVING MY POLE, that I no longer needed to walk. I felt like jumping up and down. I felt incredible. I felt confident that I was not going to fall. Normally when I walk with MS my legs feel so weak and heavy like I am going to fall at any moment and my walking speed is very slow. It's slow because that was all I could do. The Bioness stimulated the muscles so well I lost that feeling, I felt an incredible freedom, I gained confidence in my movements. It feels like my legs were reborn.






I was able to do full squats down to the floor several times, using my Nordic pole for balance. Normally when I try to squat, I can go down OK but that is all I can do. I can't get back up on my own without crawling to a chair and working my way slowly back up. Honestly this is life-changing. I will be able to get into the bottom kitchen cabinets again. LOL. Or squat in the bushes if I had to.





When I got home I could no longer get out of the car without help as my muscles were totally exhausted. My quads were fried. I took a nap for several hours only to wake up to muscles that would not work. I threw a book at the door which disturbed the cat which alerted DH that I needed help. The muscles were so were so exhausted I could not hold a cup to drink when I woke up or go the the bathroom without help. It has improved over the last couple of hours.






It will take time to re-train, re-strengthen the muscles. The nerves impulses that weren't getting to the muscles are now getting through with the Bioness. It's given me SECOND CHANCES to walk, dance, run, and do things I used to take for granted. Being able to walk is GIFT most people don't recognize until they loose the ability to move.






Now I have the ability to move so much better than before. According to Bioness I am supposed to start of I think with 15 min. of use for the day, then gradually increase the usage by 5 min. per day. I can see why as my muscles feel worked out deeply from the couple of hours I wore it today getting it set up. It will take time, but it's worth it. I feel like I can finally make much needed progress.







New DOORS HAVE OPENED !!! New possibilities await me.




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CLPURNELL 9/11/2013 1:05AM

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NATALIEMICHAELE 9/10/2013 3:29PM

    THat is AWESOME!! I am so happy for you!!

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SMAGEE 9/9/2013 2:43PM

  I am so happy for you, this is such a blessing.

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DESERTDREAMERS 9/8/2013 11:39PM

    I had to back down to ths one from Sunday's blog. What an amazing device! Go, Grrl!

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BLITZEN40 9/8/2013 6:08PM

    I've never heard of the Bioness. Sounds like electro-shock therapy for the legs. Interesting stuff- thanks for sharing and glad it's working for you! emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/8/2013 4:56PM

    That sounds amazing!! I hope that all works out well for you!

And when I was walking in that 5K last week, I saw several gals wearing adorable skorts!! I want to find some for me too!!

emoticon here's your Rocky pose!!

Yaaay!

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ALFA_SUNSHINE 9/8/2013 3:51PM

    emoticon For sharing your joy!! That is so cool. emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 9/8/2013 11:19AM

    fabulous

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BLUEANGELLK 9/8/2013 9:19AM

    Thrilled for you and your new opportunities. I didn't know there were such devices and I am amazed at what is out there. Remember the Joy you felt today. It is a feeling worth savoring. Best wishes for continued happiness!

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SPARKLISE 9/8/2013 6:00AM

    I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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IMREITE 9/8/2013 1:49AM

    It's great when technology helps us be more active instead of sitting on our butts. you obviously enjoyed your run. I bet youll keep enjoying your runs.

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TLG71567 9/8/2013 1:48AM

    That's wonderful. I am so glad that the company finally came through for you. emoticon

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CMEEHERNANDEZ 9/7/2013 9:02PM

    So cool! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 9/7/2013 2:09PM

    My cats are bug hunters They eat them All they can catch I am mot afraid of them Now snakes are another matter

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JACKIEPB 9/7/2013 1:23PM

    Amazing! Best of luck with all the good things ahead of you!

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123ELAINE456 9/7/2013 1:09PM

  Awesome!!! Wonderful News For You. Very Happy for You. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Have Fun. Take Care.

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TERMITEMOM 9/7/2013 11:59AM

    YOU MADE MY DAY!!! I was so hoping this would work for you! This is wonderful! Congratulations on your tenacity! You are an example for us all! Thank you for these great news!

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PHATPAT18 9/7/2013 11:53AM

    Run for your life.

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JACKSGRAN 9/7/2013 11:28AM

    If the door opens, push it. if it opens run through. How wonderful the way it has opened for you. Have a really blessed weekend.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/7/2013 10:58AM

    Woo hoo, how wonderful that your responded so well

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KNYAGENYA 9/7/2013 10:49AM

    Happy Dance! I am so glad things worked out. Make sure you don't overdo it though.

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ALIDOSHA 9/7/2013 9:51AM

    emoticon I'm really glad for your progress! Hasten slowly and take care. emoticon

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NATNOEL 9/7/2013 9:25AM

    I'm thrilled for you !!!
There will be no stopping you now :)

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DONNELDA22 9/7/2013 9:04AM

    A miracle just for you. Run and walk your heart out you deserve it.

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SANDRALEET 9/7/2013 8:51AM

    God be with you and success come your way my friend

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4RASCALS 9/7/2013 8:43AM

    Best news I've heard today. I am so happy for you. You finally will be able to have
a little independence. Can't imagine how exciting being able to run, walk and climb felt. That is truly a blessing. Don't over do it. Looking forward to hearing more on your progress.

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KIPPER15 9/7/2013 8:31AM

    emoticon I am so glad you finally got your Bioness fitted and working.

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NUTRON3 9/7/2013 7:05AM

    wow, awesome blog

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/7/2013 6:17AM

    Absolutely truly amazing! I am so happy for you. I think fear of falling is my worst fear. I've fallen in front of too many people. :o( So glad you can grow stronger with this! emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 9/7/2013 6:10AM

    Whoohoo, run like the wind!

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MOLLIEJEAN2 9/7/2013 6:06AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon , just make sure you start slowly now since you know what happens if you over do it. emoticon

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CMCGRUN 9/7/2013 5:55AM

    I am soooo happy for you!!!! Your blog made my day:)

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STEVIEBEE569 9/7/2013 5:52AM

    Way to go on your running and working out! Get some rest and take care!

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ALL4BMI 9/7/2013 5:16AM

    Wonderful!

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CAMAEL100 9/7/2013 3:49AM

    Wow! that sounds amazing! Delighted you have got a second chance to exercise again.


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TOKIEMOON 9/7/2013 2:48AM

    How totally awesome!! Bioness = Bionic emoticon I wish you much continued progress. emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYLIFE72 9/7/2013 2:17AM

  Wonderful news! Thanks for sharing.

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    Yay!!

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I'm so happy to read that it worked out so well for you today. I've had you in my thoughts and prayers that Bioness would send you an angel to reward you for your patience and to relieve the distress you were having over the whole ordeal. My prayers, and those of so many of your SP friends were answered when I read this blog. God is so very good!

Baby steps now! Don't wear yourself out!

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PHOENIX1949 9/6/2013 11:38PM

    emoticon Look forward to reading about your progress with this. emoticon

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JACKIE542 9/6/2013 11:38PM

    So very happy for you, great news. emoticon emoticon

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I am so happy for you. God is so good!!!
Praying that everything continues to work so well for you.
God bless you in all that you do.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MERRYMARY42 9/6/2013 11:12PM

    this is absolutely amazing, I am so very happy for you, I never knew it was possible, way to go

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