Hi again everyone,
Thank you for the replys to my email. It’s nice to
hear from people.
Yesterday in physical therapy (according to Marie who
took Uma there) Uma turned her right wrist over a few
times and moved her right upper arm away from her
body. And last night she simultaneously squeezed my
hand and flexed her bicep.
We walked well over a mile yesterday. This is good for
her because it builds up her endurance and muscle
tone. I question a little bit whether it’s good for
her walking form though and will ask the PT on Friday
about. The reason being that, like practicing a
musical instrument, what good is practicing for hours
if you’re not exercising proper form or technique? or,
in this case, does the form and technique evolve as
her brain heals and circumvents the damaged and dead
areas? I’ll try and find out. It may just be one of
the many “unknowns” of this whole challenge.
I have some questions for anyone out there who might
know. They are:
what is the benefit/risk, if any, of accupuncture or
accupressure for paralysis/brain damage?
What is the benfit/risk, if any, of hyperbaric oxygen
treatment for stroke/brain damage?
Are there any health insurance programs for small
businesses (two people)? Do they require information
about previous health conditions?
Uma’s condition improves a little every day. One of
the side effects of this is that she becomes more
frustrated and angry. More awareness = more awareness
you know what I mean?
But yesterday on our walk her awareness showed itself
in that she didn’t just plow through and keep going in
her sort of wobbly struggle. She slowed down and even
stopped a couple of times to think about the placement
and shape of her right leg. She pointed to it and
asked, loudly, “Why?!” I answered every question I
could think of with the fewest words possible followed
by several tons of encouragement and a review of the
history of her recovery since we got home.
She’s great. I’m lucky.
I really do believe that every thought and prayer and
expression of love counts for her. Thank you.