Though I was in Miami on business and Cindy had to leave for physical therapy at 9:30 a.m., I was not going to miss her taking her first steps. After a 3:30 a.m. wake-up and 4 a.m. departure, I was able to surprise her by arriving home just before she had to depart for physical therapy. It was SO worth it!
This picture was taken just after they brought out Cindy's "Rent-a-leg". Actually, she is going to borrow this leg until she learns how to walk with an artificial limb. Then she will be fitted with her "keeper" model.
Once she was taught how to attach it, Cindy stood up for the first time.
After some practice and helpful hints from her therapist, Cindy began to walk more quickly and steadily. She had to return in the afternoon after some adjustments were made on the leg and though this picture does not show it, she began to make incredible progress and relied less and less on the handrail.
Cindy will return tomorrow and Friday for more PT. There are two schools of thought amongst the therapists...one is that she will be walking with the assistance of a cane on Friday. The other is that she will be walking by early next week.
It is so encouraging to see that Cindy will soon be out of the wheelchair and moving around like she did prior to her sarcoma and all the surgeries she endured.
Her enthusiasm was infectious. Katie and I were absolutely thrilled to be witness to it.