this is what progress feels like!
Today I graduated from occupational therapy. My tone came back and I need more botox so my ot discharged me. At first I felt sad but I have so much more to be happy about. As I posted before, I now wash both hands and can open the door using my left hand. Today I took it a step further. I didn't learn this in therapy but today as I was doing my laundry, i just reached down and put my left hand around the left handle of the clothes basket. I put my right hand around the right handle and guess what I did? I picked up the basket and walked from the laundry room, past the kitchen table, down the step, through the living room, up the other step, through the hallway, and to my room with a clothes basket full of clothes walking without my brace! My dad offered to help carry it (he usually folds and carries my clothes for me) then said he didnt know that I could do that and it is a miracle! Although I still cannot open my left hand or straighten my wrist on my own, I can still use it and that is all I asked for so I am thankful. My ot also gave me a new wrist support which makes it SO much easier to keep my arm straight as I walk which was one of my major goals. I plan to continue doing my weight bearing and stretching so I can keep using my left hand. It is such a wonderful feeling!
Physical therapy wants to keep me for another 2 weeks because they said I am doing so well. I made a 20 out of 30 on my evaluation but I still have goals to reach. Today I walked up and down the stairs without using the rail. My pt even said I can wear sandals and walk short distances without my afo now. 2 of my goals were to be able to go up and down stairs without the rail and to wear sandals. I know these next two weeks are going to be hard but knowing I made progress in the past month is a ton of motivation to get me through 2 more weeks.