After Jason gets his brace off (in another 6 weeks or so), he's hoping to begin an intensive, integrated fitness program in Pleasanton at a place called SCI FIT. We've researched this place and it really seems like the best place for Jason to be in this next phase of recovery. Their focus is on getting people walking and moving again and they believe that "movement breeds movement." This philosophy makes sense to me-I don't think Jason will recover his ability to walk if he's in his wheelchair all the time. SCI FIT has the apparati necessary to get Jason on a bike and treadmill. He'll also be doing other load-bearing activities. We're really hopeful about this place. It's not cheap, but from the research I've done, this seems to be the type of program most neurosurgeons are recommending.
Beyond his physical health, Jason has also been setting goals for work. He really wants to return to Google in some capacity (most likely this will mean working from home for a while) by the beginning of October. If he keeps progressing as fast as he has been over the last 4 weeks, I think this goal will be possible.
The last few days in therapy have been great. He's doing all sorts of new exercises in PT and OT and has really impressed his therapists with his progress. In fact, his doctor told him today that, so long as his therapists give the okay, he can leave on August 13, instead of August 16 as he was originally told. So, keep your fingers crossed :)
Thanks for all of the cards and care packages. They really help lift his spirits!