Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What a day............

Paul walked....
walked without a cane for over 300' ! !

I still can't believe....and I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it!
Today in physical therapy Aaron decided to give it a try.
He thought that Paul was certainly strong enough!

I was sitting nearby and didn't know that he was going to give Paul a try.
I looked up and there he was walking by with Aaron. Not running mind you...but a real walk.
They headed off down the long hall and returned.
Then Aaron came over to me and handed me Paul's cane..'here you take this, he's not using it'.
He then walked with Paul to Occupational therapy....greeting Christy in the hallway.
Christy is one of Paul's Occupational therapist and Aaron's wife.
She was stunned to see Paul heading her way...caneless......and like all good Mom's was nervous watching Paul on his maiden voyage!
I was too stunned to be nervous!!

Paul was finally impressed with himself!!
There was no way he could deny this fantastic accomplishment!!

(Paul has a way to go regarding stability before he gets to clip his wings and toss the cane for good...but it's coming!!)

A few of the Kessler gang will be at the fundraiser on May 18th....speaking of the fundraiser it's really taking off BIG TIME!!

188 people have purchased tickets and the on-line auction is going gang-busters.
Link to auction site.
What does this mean?
T H E R A P Y. . . BIG TIME...especially speech therapy.
Paul & I are stunned at the turn out.
I am thrilled that so many have joined together to show him such incredible support and love!!


Kimberly said...

WOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are thrilled for you! Way to go, Paul!!!!!!!

magusdee said...

300' = 100 yards = length of a football field = TOUCHDOWN!


Tony & the terrier in OK

Bob and Rosemary said...

Bravo Paul! Brava you! That is fantastic news!

Anonymous said...

Can you hear me cheering and clapping?

I can read the excitement in your words and can just imagine how proud Paul is of himself.

Nobody can keep him down now!!!

Hugs to you,


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Paul..I knew that he COULD DO IT!!!

It must have been for you an Exilarating experience to watch him walk without his cane..
A Big Hug,

Theresa Cheek said...

SO HAPPY FOR YOU, tell Paul he is ahead of the curve bigtime! His stubborn demeanor is paying off!!! So proud for both of you.

Mike in North Vancouver said...

Bailey, I just want to say that I am very impressed the Dr. Z walked 300' without his cane. I know that he can do more. With a stroke, its the little things that matter. I never forget that the most proud of my dad was when (who had a stroke) said the word "cup" when the speech therapist asked him what you put his tea in.

By the way, the most interesting thing about Dr. Z's writings was his humanity which shone out of his writings. Its an amazing thing for a writer to actually make one "feel" his subject. His writings always reminded me of the great of sports writing such as "Ring Lardner". On a personal note, please read Michael J. Fox's new book, "ALWAYS LOOKING UP: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist". It presents a fantastic view on life that is different from the "norm".

Mike in North Vancouver.