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Contracted left quad!

Yesterday I had a great workout at Project Walk. I contracted my left quad for the first time in nearly 2 years which is extremely exciting for me.

This past weekend I flew up to Cleveland to meet with my lawyer and more importantly to go to a friends' wedding. Jeff and Deb's wedding was amazing, they are great together I am so happy they got married and I got to see and talk to a lot of friends who I have not seen or talked to in a long time. 

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Thanks Slusak family!

I would like to thank the Slusak family who recently donated some money to Project Walk Orlando of which it was decided that I would receive 10 hours of therapy. Thanks again!

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Getting a standing frame

Today I contracted a muscle in my right leg, not my hamstring though but close to it. Also the other day noticeable dorsiflexion in my left foot returned where I can see it.

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Working out like a boss

I had another workout yesterday at Project Walk, I focused a lot of decreasing the tightness in my hips as well as strengthening my quads. My right quad I can contract myself, however I can not at all with my left quad, so my trainer hooked up some functional electrical stimulation pads on various areas of my quad and this time I could actually feel the electrical shocks (we tried this a few months ago and I could not feel anything) and some of my quad muscles contracted slightly.

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Right Achilles tendon return

This is mainly for me to keep track of when things are returning, but today I felt my Achilles tendon on my right leg for the first time whenever I manually pull my right foot up. 

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Haven't updated in a while...

So I have not updated my progress in quite some time, I have been sick the past week or so and unfortunately my temperature regulation is all messed up, one minute I will be sweating profusely and the next freezing. I have also been in a tremendous amount of pain lately, mainly in the thighs, I am hoping that indicates more return. 

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Jumped in the pool from my chair!

I just jumped in my pool from my wheelchair and treaded water. I am so excited!

WATCH VIDEO

 

Rewiring a Damaged Spinal Cord [Video]: Scientific American

New treatments leverage “neuroplasticity,” the nervous system’s innate ability to repair itself
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CWRU FES clinical trial

My alma mater, Case Western Reserve University, joins clinical trials to help people with paralysis regain some control back. Cleveland pioneered FES (functional electrical stimulation) technology over 20 years ago, and is now implanting small electrodes inside the brain to record brain signals sent when someone imagines moving their arms, and using this signal in combination with assistive devices to move their hands and arms. Amazing!

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Return of my hamstrings

Yesterday was by far the hardest workout I have had at Project Walk. Check out my videos, I started the session off by pedaling the stationary bike while standing, a few times on each leg. I then did an exercise where I only used my lower back muscles to move myself back and a combination of my back muscles and abs to lift myself back up.

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