Today is Elise’s 16th birthday, and she is celebrating it with some slight but significant movements in her hip flexors and right thigh. She is also celebrating it in one of the premier spinal cord rehabs in the nation, Magee, in Philadelphia. After initially balking at Magee, Elise’s insurance company did the right thing and reconsidered, finally consenting to pay–which gives our loved one the best possible chance at recovery and restoration. They’re to be commended.
Words are wholly inadequate to thank everyone for their prayers. We’ve come through the worst of it in no small measure because of those prayers and all of the love. The movements are significant, as the muscle groups that are coming back are those necessary to at least stand upright with leg braces. With another 70 years before her, the accelerating pace of medical technology (especially adult stem cell therapy), and the power of prayer, I have every confidence that Elise will walk again.
God Bless, all.