Thursday, October 26, 2006

balance


Because he can neither feel nor control the bottoms of his feet, Robb loses his balance a lot. This is why he had to use a "walker" when he was first re-learning to walk, and why he uses a cane when he goes out of the house.

Robb continues to work with his therapists on this issue. He used to have to use his arms like a tight-rope walker, but can now cross his arms in front of his chest and stand without losing his balance. Of course, when he does this with his eyes closed, and shoes off, it is a different story.

Last night while I was cooking dinner, Robb started to lose his balance. Normally, this is no big deal. But this time, Robb got really excited, because for the first time, he used his toes to correct himself.

We made a suitably big deal out of this milestone.

Then Robb proceeded to try to replicate the experience, and spent a lot of time almost falling over.

Oh well, if he did it once, perhaps he'll be able to do it again. And again. And again.

3 comments:

Pyratemates said...

Just to paraphrase; One small step for mankind and one LARGE step for Robb.
Does this also mean his reflexes are beginning to work without conscious effort?
Bless you both.

robb said...

Oh... there's nothing lacking in my reflexes (I have symptom called hyperreflexia) The other day my doctor was testing my knee jerk reflex and I almost kicked him on the chin.

Eclipse said...

This is fantastic news!!

Let's celebrate with dinner - how about next Thursday? :D

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