Random thoughts about my healing process from my surfing injury incurred on March 12, 2007 in Hawaii.
For information on donating to help alleviate the financial burden that this injury has presented, click HERE or see http://www.helpjoewalk.com for my website.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I promise to have a big post before the new year with lots of pictures and videos from what's been going on (there's been a lot!).
But I just want to say Merry Christmas to everyone! Keep on praying (as I have been) for a Christmas miracle! I've been looking forward to today to be reborn and be able to walk again hopefully :)
I am currently in Washington/Oregon with Ivette and her family and will be returning to LA tomorrow. I am so blessed to have such a loving and supporting family, friends and girlfriend. Also, her family has embraced me and I am thankful for them as well.
I just arrived today in Denver, Colorado with Ivette, my dad and Bella! for my re-evaluation at Craig Hospital. Each patient returns about 6 months after their discharge for a one-week ollow-up. It's really, really weird being back here at the hospital and already I've had a plethora of mixed emotions being back.
I have lots more to update on the blog, but will do so when I have more time/energy.
Among other things, I became a dual-legged ambulator! Before, at Precision Rehab, I was able to take "steps" on my own but only the right leg/flexor would fire. This past week, both were firing! We have videos of this as well.
Finally, thanks so much to Fabien for setting up my website (http://www.helpjoewalk.com) and keeping it updated. There is a pretty cool video there that Project Walk created for me a little while ago, so check it out!
If you don't want to navigate to the website, here's the video. However, the other music on the blog might interfere with the video's music/vocals, so you can either check it out at the website if you're having this problem or pause the blog music located at the very bottom of this page.
Hopefully I can update this blog more this week with other stuff that has been happening with more pictures and videos.
I have been in a wheelchair for 6 years (level T-8 spinal cord injury, manual (not battery operated) wheelchair). Due to my job as a consultant and my wife and my love for travel and adventure, I have encountered numerous challenges and encounters on my visits to 5 continents that will hopefully help the fellow wheelchair traveller. We currently live in Melbourne, Australia, but originally hail from Los Angeles, CA, USA.
***Note that as I just started this blog on 12Mar2013, any posts related to travel prior to then are based on my shoddy memory, so forgive me if it's not completely accurate! Also, all posts are obviously at a point in time. The companies listed may or may have not changed their policies, layout, etc for better or for worse.