The first steps were unbelievable.
There was a lot of people there – because I’ve been here so long – that
we’re rooting for me and almost had to stop because I was crying so hard.
Everybody was crying. So even though there was a part of
Steven’s right brain that was damaged from the stroke, highly intensive
therapies, challenging task specific three hours a day of therapy in the
first month to three months after the stroke, has the greatest opportunity for
the brain to make new connections around the injured area of the brain. When
Steve first got here we were unable to stand, he needed two people to transfer,
we were unable to walk. I don’t think she ever gave up on me. I think I did a few times
because I didn’t think I was gonna be able to do it. He had deficits in the areas of
attention, so some of his speech was a little bit slurred. So we were able to do
strategies and he was willing to learn those strategies and implement them so
that he can talk to everyone. So some things he still has trouble with – some
movements on that left leg. The Exo forces him into the correct pattern that we’re
looking for and it gives him cues that we’re unable to do otherwise. This was a
man who was a mechanic and also worked out in the gym. He has worked incredibly
hard. He’s inspiring to watch work. He’s really motivated to make as much
progress and regain as much independence as he can so he can return to his life.
We just addressed everything across the board that we could to get him back to
his daily living skills. He’s been a pleasure to work with; I’m definitely
gonna miss him when he leaves. It’s a little bit easier every day. It’s just a
lot of repetitions and they told me that takes a thousand repetitions to get to
learn how to walk. I just can’t believe how good to staff is there. Every one of
them has the same thought and that’s to get you better or whoever they’re working with better, and get them up and running.