Numb feet

February 26, 2007 at 4:00 pm

It took nate 8 mos before he got any feeling at all in his feet. He is 29 yrs old. He was hospitalized 9 1/2 mos. He got out Sept 30, 06.
He is 14 mos out from diagnosis, and still has partial paralysis and numbness in both his lower legs and feet as well as arms and hands.
The damage starts in the legs and feet and moves up from there.
The place that it started is always the last place to recover with the most damage occuring there.
The covering on the nerves and the nerves are damaged and either will repair themselves or grow new roots to replace the damaged ones.
Unfortunately, it takes a long time to do that. Nerves are the slowest part of the body to heal.
Try not to be too anxious about time frames though. Everyone is different and everyone heals at a different rate.
The best thing is to keep reminding him and yourself of the small changes and little bits of progress he has made. Remember, he came very close to going over the edge. Just coming back from there is a great feat.
Take pics of him if he will let you for your diary. One day you will look at them and remember how bad it was and how good it is now.
Try to keep upbeat even on the darkest days.
It will help all of you.
Trudy, natesmom