I was sitting up at the end of the bed when he got there. I popped right up to stand. My PT therapist said try to take a step. I was standing up with one of those silver walkers.
Well, I took a step. It was my first step since the end of December. I then took another and another. I was going forward and back in the small space of my room. I was getting tripped up having to pick up the silver walker every time I moved forward or backwards. We got out the big guns. We brought in my upright walker.
I might have done two steps in the small area of my room and ran out of space. We decided to move into the living room.
Ok not my best look but I wasn’t expected to be on camera. I roughly cut down the video so it might be mid sentences cutoffs. However, the look and video cut doesn’t take away from the fact that I was up walking. I never thought I’d be able to walk again. Just last week I was writing about my frustration not being able to get up from my comfy chair. https://multipleexperiences.org/2022/05/18/my-own-discouragement-rant/. This week I am up walking. I was shocked. My physical therapist, I think, was shocked. I sent the full video to my immediate family, they were shocked.
There was a time that we weren’t sure I would be getting out of the hospital. I wasn’t sure I would be able to get out of my bed again. I was still failing to make smooth transitions to my wheelchair less than 7 days ago. My right foot would be get stuck when I tried to pivot into the chair. Today I am walking!!!! What you also have to understand, I walked back and forth, in the living room, a number of times. I was also taking breaks in between. That caused me to have to repeatedly be getting up. I was getting up without having to raise my wheelchair up. Each and every time I went back and forth I raised myself up legs and arms. That alone was more than I was able to do last week. It was pretty unbelievable. It is amazing how multiple sclerosis works. Hopefully this wasn’t just a really good MS day. Hopefully, this is the beginning of me really getting stronger. For now, it’s still one day at a time.