May 20, 2011
I recently spoke with Mike. He wanted me to update you on his progress. He is still doing a tremendous amount of therapy. Currently, he is able to stand practically on his own for a few minutes at a time. This has shown that he can bear his own weight, which is wonderful. He has also been able to sit up on the side of the bed, all on his own, for nearly 30 minutes. He is slowly regaining his sense of balance. Mike can manipulate his fingers to some extent, but still is not able to type. His biggest frustration continues to be his inability to bead, but being able to regain some movement in his hands has given him hope that there is still room for improvement. It is important to note, everyday seems to hold its own unique set of challenges and Mike has been in and out of the hospital several times. Anyone who has had this type of injury or knows someone with a similar injury can understand that the recovery is long and difficult.
Mike would like to thank all of you who have sent him cards, letters and messages. It really helps to know that so many people care and support him on this journey.