Once we got off the plane, antics resumed....Sav didn't want to walk..she wanted to "swim" or crawl on the airport floors. Yuck. Oh well, she got a nice long bath when we got home and cleaned up just fine.
If you're wondering about the wheelchair part of flying, I'm happy to report that that's become fairly easy. Security can be a bit of a hassle, depending on the airport (SFO and Heathrow are actually pretty wonderful), so we give ourselves extra time for that. Other than that, we give the people at the gate counter a heads-up that J will need an aisle chair, we board first and exit last. The good part about this is that there is no waiting for checked luggage...by the time we get to baggage claim, everything has arrived. I remember being so stressed about Jason's first post-injury flight about this time last year...in the span of one year, it's become no big deal. Most people don't know what we will need in terms of help, but they never hesitate to ask what we need and assure us that we can call on them for whatever during the flight. I think a lot of this varies by airlines, as we've heard some horror stories from other SCI-ers who have flown, but, so far, we've been lucky (other than having to assure the folks at the beginning of the flight and when booking our flight that, no really, he can't walk on to the plane...we really DO need the aisle chair...).
So, we're home now. Up far too early today (hooray for jet lag and a toddler waking you up at 5am!). Loads of laundry and grocery shopping to get to...but quite happy to be home.
Quick KKI wrap up:
- Jason has hamstring reflexes..in both legs! Woohoo!
- His PT could, at different points, feel ALL of his abs firing. Also now has some firing in glutes...also new!
- Started a new med, called 4AP, that could possibly give him more function/movement back. It increases the speed at which the nerves fire down the spinal cord, meaning more signals sometimes get through. We're still in the early days of this and J doesn't go to a full dose til next week (it takes some getting use to...the major side effects are jitteriness and dizziness, both of which J has been experiencing...so we're slowly ramping it up). We'll see how it works for him...for some SCI-ers, it has dramatic results (we're talking going from the chair to walking).
- Next visit will be the week of July 22. He will only go for one week that time...it will primarily be a check-up and time to fine-tune what he's doing at home. The PTs and doctors are really happy with his work at SCI-FIT and his progress.
- Standing frame arrives on Thursday!
Love you all,