This is part of a series of video-clips. For the full story go to my personal website: myscirecovery.com.
(I don't know why the sound quality is so slow at the beginning. Sorry.) Here you see me fall over lots as I am still not stable on my legs and the crutches do not offer the stability that a walking frame does - which is good as it makes me work harder to gain stability.
The reason I am in a hoist is to stop me hitting the floor when I fall and to make getting upright possible. When I am upright then the straps are slack and do not hold me up at all. My legs do that.
I am wearing below knee splints which hold my ankles firm (as these have a way to go yet) and also the shoes I am wearing have had the toes raised a little to just help pull the calf muscles.
At this stage I haven't the balance to operate the crutches independently, so Hratch makes me move them both forward together and then follow with steps, the focus being on locking the bracing knee and kicking the moving leg (rather than swinging the hip) when I take a step forward.
Getting up is still an issue to overcome. When I go too quickly and without thought it often leads nowhere. I want to get up in one clean movement and not lean on the straps halfway through. I should add that when my legs aren't taking the weight, it kills my hands, arms and shoulders, so lessening the pain there becomes motivation for standing properly! All part of the mental process of working it out.
When I do stand tall, it's the most enjoyable feeling ever, and feels completely natural and right. The weight goes down my torso, through my hips legs knees and the feet feel the pressure in them.
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