Friday, April 28, 2006

Electromyogram

Okay, so I imagine that having electrical needles stuck on his muscles was probably not the most fun way for Robb to spend his afternoon, and I thought he might break my fingers while he was holding my hand, but....

We learned that there are no dead nerves leading into Robb's legs. Many of the nerves are sending signals that are not being interpreted by the muscles, and in many cases the signals are weak.

But we are cautiously optimistic.

Inspirations

As we were returning home today, we were being "paced" by a cyclist. It took Robb a second to realize that this man was a below-the-knee amputee. He was flying along in traffic, and kept pace with us almost all the way home.

Robb is hoping to return to a more active life. We are hoping to get some insight into the fact that he fatigues so quickly. Right now, our "hikes" are very short events. (Which is not to say that we don't enjoy them...)

People like this cyclist are great inspirations to both of us. Seeing him gave us a lot to hope for.

8 comments:

Kim said...

Hi Robb and Lisa,

Had one of those electric pincushion ordeals, (for neck to wrist); aint it a relief to know the nerves are alive!

/thats such a cute pic of Lisa and the crane

cheers, Kim

Anonymous said...

garlic planted 10/05 sprouting above the straw; broc, cauliflower,onions,red cabbage, string beans,pea pods all planted; egg plant,Ital & Jap will wait for May temps. azaleas & rodadens abloom. cloud-free, sunny skies now reminds us of our Feb. trip to Berk. & San Fran. to see you.
Love, Mom & Dad

Anonymous said...

There are times when one must remember that life is a marathon, not a sprint. Day-to-day events in themselves are not very important, unless they are looked at over the long haul where you can you see progress. My thoughts are and will continue to be, with you and now with your friend Kara.

OBJuan said...

There are times when one must remember that life is a marathon, not a sprint. Day-to-day events in themselves are not very important, unless they are looked at over the long haul where you can you see progress. My thoughts are and will continue to be, with you and now with your friend Kara.

OBJuan said...

One must remember that life is a marathon and not a sprint. Importance on day-to-day events must be considered with a degree of temperance as it is the long-haul that matters. One cannot worry about the rate of progress. The key is: Progress.
I have an will continue to keep Robb in my thoughts and now, as well, your friend Kara.

OBJuan said...

Why did that post 3 times!!

Lisa and Robb said...

Must be a wrinkle in time!

Lisa

Anonymous said...

EMGs are really awful-- so glad it yielded good news!!!! It is extremely exciting that the connections are talking to each other!

That frustrating fatigue needs its own time to go away as well-- as in the marathon analogy, with the injury and following deconditioning from convalesence and recovery, time has to be paid into the reconditioning process. Such a drag-- but all the steps are in the right direction. All good stuff...

Anna

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