Okay, it's monumental to me. Erik refused to walk up and down my driveway saying it was scary. Well for a while now he's been using the incline setting on the treadmill at Transitional Therapy and it paid off.
Saturday, Erik wanted to go to the neighbor across the street's garage sale , but I was already there with my DIL. Steven told his brother he was busy and couldn't/wouldn't accompany him as he was busy doing something for mom. I looked up from talking with Miss Jerry and who do I see walking across the street-unassisted.... Erik! Now going back down the neighbor's and my driveway he used his SIL's shoulder for support-she said he barely touched her most of the way. Yesterday was trash day and I brought down the recycle bin early in the day, but I was waiting for cooler to go get the trashcan as the trash is picked up later. I was fixing dinner and heard Erik go into the garage, he didn't come right back in like he does when he puts something in the recycle bin and I heard the garage door opening and closing so I wondered what he was up to. Well I went out when the dinner was at a "can be left" point and he said "I did it! Garbage can all the way down...very hard!" I was amazed, I figured he got the going up hill down, but I did not expect him to come down on his own-hauling a huge trashcan no less! This is amazing to me! Thank you God!
Thanks for listening friends.
FYI new friends, Erik had a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident four years ago. We were told he'd have a lot of progress the first year, maybe some the following year and it would taper off! This is why I'm blogging. Thanks Janet552 for pointing it out-Key Info!
Ginie this is AWESOME news, tell ERIC he is amazing. Very well done from Pat in Maine. My stepfather was injured under a steel beam when the crane line snapped and he was in hospital on a bed that was tuned every 6 hours. That was for 4 years. My mother met him in hospital and she befriended him and married him. He walked with an iron brace on one leg and years later he found a surgeon to help him walk again. How great it is when love and devotion can bring about such motivation to heal. I am so very proud of both of you. I hope the healing will continue, such a GREAT blog. Thanks for sharing. Pat in Maine. ERIC and GINIE. 691 days ago
That certainly is monumental and I am so happy for both Erik and you!! His success has got to make him feel like he is on top of the world. His success has got to make you feel like dancing. It is just awesome!!!! I remember the days, in my training, when we were told that closed head injury patients make progress for a year and then...not so much. People prove that wrong all the time and Erik just blew it out into space. Excellent news Ginie, I'm glad you blogged about it. 691 days ago
This is just very good news! You must have been so moved by seeing this new and wonderful development. You have worked so hard and been so patient. I hope Erik continues to get better and braver! Take care. 691 days ago