This is a really big breakthrough for me!
That was among the first times I was able to push myself from a seated position to standing with both legs under me and locked out. Watching the video, it looks like I am standing up on my own, but my feeling in the moment was, Okay, great, I finally got that second leg. Whoo. That’s nice.
Some parts of the progression to this milestone were:
- Seventeen months ago, I fell out of my raised hospital bed but was completely unaware of it because I had no feeling anywhere below my chest.
- Sixteen months ago, doctors allowed me to be secured to a table and tilted to 65 degrees, but no higher, for fear that I would pass out from being vertical.
- Fourteen months ago, I possessed enough arm strength to push a manual wheelchair instead of an electrically-powered one, despite still requiring a strap to brace my unsteady torso.
- Six months back, I required two trainers to bring me to a standing position, where I was very unstable.
- Three months back, just one trainer had to push on my knees and pull on my hips to help me up.
- Three weeks before today, I needed minimal pushing assistance from my trainer on both knees.
- One week ago, I was able to lock one leg out on my own in a standing position.
- Now, I have locked both legs under me!
This is a really tangible marker of the progress I am making – more so than stronger abdominals or better hip-bridging – to get back on my feet and, once balanced, to stay there, and then to move forward…watch me, because it’s happening.