We decided to extend my stay at Rusk a little bit longer. I am now going to be released Friday morning rather than today. The reason we pushed the date back is because there is still some fine tuning that I would like to make to my leg and being here seems to be the best way to get that done very quickly and efficiently.
I have made incredible progress over the past few days and am continually excited as I get more comfortable on the new leg. The technology that goes into this leg is amazing and it is fun to learn how to use it. It’s like having a cool new toy to play around with! Here is a video that my dad took of me walking down a flight of stairs on the 5th day I was here.
The way this works is that we actually go in with a computer program and set the friction level for the knee. When I step down, I put my foot halfway off the front of the step and then put my weight onto it. The friction slowly lowers me down to the next step. Right now it is set a little bit tight and lowers me down pretty slowly, but I like the friction setting that way for when I am walking, so it is a bit of a trade off.
Yesterday Matt, my occupational therapist, took me out to a nearby park to shoot some hoops. It is a bit of an adjustment not being able to jump off of my right foot, but it was a lot of fun being out there and being active. At one point I tried to run up to the rim for a layup, but that attempt ended about as fast as it started. I am definitely not to the point that I can do that yet, but figured it was worth a try. How cool would it have been if I could have just busted that out!? Oh well. I still beat Matt in a game of PIG, so at least I have that. Haha
My therapists have been amazing here, and between them and the nursing staff, my stay has been very pleasant. NYU obviously does a great job of picking their staff because the nurses here at Rusk, the nurses on the 16th floor of NYU and the nurses in the NYU Cancer Center have all been incredible. I can’t say the same for the Hospital for Joint Disease, but at least my surgeon was great!
Jack is coming up to visit on Friday. Since I check out of here Friday morning I should hopefully be ready to walk around with the family while he is here. I am going to try to get back down to Georgia before the end of the month and start getting everything lined up and organized there so that I can get back to work pretty soon after that! I am excited about the prospect of getting back to normal life with my new robot leg (as I have begun calling it). Every day brings more advancements and a greater familiarity with it. Soon I won’t even have to think about it anymore. We live in an amazing world!