Never underestimate the power of determination! Jim was told he would not walk again…he proved them wrong!
Jim is a determined and hard working 64 year old male who had his first back surgery in 1982 for lumbar laminectomy and lumbar fusion. This was followed of series of 6 surgeries, the last one was June 9th 2015. He has been unable to walk and labeled paraplegic since then. In March, while working with the therapy team at LakeMed, he did a standing activity with his walker from his bed, to prepare him to be able to do a stand pivot transfer. When he started therapy he could not voluntarily lift his legs and now he can do knee raises, front kicks, and voluntarily lock his knees to support himself. He can walk 8' in the parallel bars and transfer with Maximal assist- a long way from being non- ambulatory and a paraplegic! He should be discharging to his own apartment in the near future and will continue to come to LakeMed for outpatient therapy.
He tells everyone that he did outpatient therapy at another location, and he has made more progress with LakeMed in 3 months than he ever did there! Kudos to Jim and the therapy team at LakeMed!
Therapy Part B Caps have gone away, RCS-1 has been revised to PDPM, there are challenges and opportunities ahead!