So my family and I got home late last night. The trip was pretty uneventful and I have to say that Delta’s service was excellent (I was in a wheelchair). I went to bed asap. This morning I woke up for about an hour after having the best sleep I have had in days. After an hour I was still tired so I went back to bed! Tonight I took some time to fix some of the video we took at the hospital. He we go:
Walking Pre Op – Note the trunk extension (leaning back) as I walk as well the very stiff gait pattern.
Walking Day 3 Post Op – I was the first person who had SDR to walk on day 3 post op. As you will see it is not very steady but you can already see a difference from the pre op video. My stride length has increased and I have more knee flexion.
Walking Day 3 Post Op – This video is similar to the previous one but is focused on my legs where the increased knee flexion is more apparent.
Walking Day 4 – Here I am walking without a walker shot from a side view. Even though my stride length is shorter than with the walker I had to remind myself this was only 4 days post op. The big thing to note here is that there is not much trunk extension (leaning back) as I walk. My posture is pretty straight
Walking Up Stairs – what I found remarkable about this video is that for the most part I am able to lift my legs straight up to get to the next step. Before the SDR the only way for me to go up stairs was for me to swing my leg around in a pretty wide arch, particularly with my right leg.
The biggest thing I (and my family who was at the hospital) is that we were all amazed at the changes just 3 -4 days after having the operation. Of course, I still have a long road ahead; but this is very encouraging. I am interested to hear what you think of the videos in the comments.
WOW. This is incredible, and it’s been just a couple days…talk about inspiring!
YAY!!! I wish I could be there to cheer you on. So amazing, you do have a long road ahead but what a great road its going to be. I’m searching for inspirational words but you are an inspiration to me and my family. Thank you for the video’s!! I look forward to more 🙂
You can really notice the change on the stairs video. I can almost hear what you are saying to yourself as you try to correct the swing before it happens. Very inspirational stuff. I look forward to seeing more updates.
Wow! That’s an amazing difference, so happy for you
Happy? Yes. Shocked? Not one bit. You are doing every bit what I thought you would man, and I’m so very proud of you. Remember what I said in that you will be shocked at what comes in the days and weeks ahead, not to mention the months and year. In the next week, you’ll be amazed! I look forward to more of these updates! Well done man!!
I have so enjoyed reading your blog each day and watching all the videos tonight. I have a daughter that is 11 years old and had SDR 9 weeks ago. She has been doing physical therapy 3 hours each day and I have been doing weekly videos of her and posting them. (see link below) It is amazing to hear your story and your feeling as an adult. Thanks for sharing!! I wish you the best of luck in the coming weeks.
Anna Marie, thanks for note. I am glad you are enjoying the blog. I looked at some of your daughters videos and it looks like she is making some great progress. She is a tad ahead of me but I think I have a sense at how excited she must feel.
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