10 August 2008

time and time and time and time again

In honor of the late superpower and pioneer of funk and soul, I must respectfully say...

Hello there, children!

Courtesy of my perfectionism, I've let news pile up without telling you. Let's get started.

Kicking things off, as of this past week I have been upgraded to four PT sessions each week! Now I'm on a Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri schedule, and it's awesome. Okay, maybe by the end of Wednesday's round I was completely shot. Okay, maybe before Wednesday even started. Oh well. I heart. This means that, combining official session time (4d*3h) and unofficial lunch hour e-stim biking (3d*1h), I'm up to 15h/week for just PT. Throwing in my time downstairs at OT, it's nearing 20h... Doesn't that qualify me for medical/dental coverage or something? ;-)

So what happens with the extra time in the new schedule? Well, MWF sessions are still the newly standard Giger --> (weights, sitting balance, manual chair propulsion, etc.) --> upper extremity e-stim bike. Then Tuesday, with a different therapist club from the other days (which is strange and kind of bittersweet, since my k/a MWF trainer is still there, but with a different patient), we plan to wing it a bit more. This past Tuesday, for example, we still started with the Giger for warm-up/cardio, but then we did a few new tricks on sitting balance, followed by a fairly long bout of manual chair cruising. In fact, since we spent more time in the silla (thanks ali-so!), I managed to wheel three laps around the track - that's around 300 meters, and one more lap than my previous best - with each lap loaded with rest breaks, of course, yet faster than the preceding. Grrr, muscles! Since I'm a lefty, though, and have subsequently built up more overall strength on that side, I really like to turn right.

Otherwise in PT, I'm working quite a bit on the uppers e-stim bike. It tears my traps up sumpin' fierce, but I guess that means it's working... Then with sitting balance, I can sort of nearly barely almost keep myself up with decent posture on my own for a split second? I have little trouble keeping my head up for most of the time (which also tortures the traps); comparing all of this to when I started rehab, umm, you'd notice. Finally, on Friday we did some prone (face-down) work. Equals not comfy plus still improving anyway.

On the occupational therapy front, it's been more picking up and twisting and stacking. One day I sorted a deck of cards. I don't think I'll be playing again anytime soon. We did another mini-eval, too - since I started a bit more than a month ago, I can move my right shoulder/arm about 10 degrees higher, when both in front and to the side. Rock. Still digging for fingers >;-}

Eh, we're done. The Olympics are calling... Oyasuminasai!


  1. The Olympics for sure John
    You are awesome
    You are so good to stay with the program
    You are getting so good that the Olympians are starting to worry and for good reason
    You Go John
    ((((HUGS)))) Donnia

  2. John,

    Hello from your neighborhood. You've definitely got some rhythm going on with your routine.....maybe you can add a tune! You make yourself and everyone who knows you proud....attitude and effort are scoring 100%. Keep up the good work. Bob and Shari

  3. You amaze me, John, as you always have! I love seeing you in action and marvel at your progress. I think about you often. Love, Polly

  4. I second what Polly said.
    Also, I give you Olympic Gold for being the best Gulick RA. You also get a gold for RA at Harriet because you did it all while facing adversity.

    Now I just have to tell the International Olympic Committee...

  5. Hi John! I'm poppin' in again to see what you've been up to! Sounds like PT, OT, more PT, more PT! You are rockin'! You're getting stronger with every workout so keep it up!
    - Doreen in PA