Reply To: Any experience with centers for excellence?

December 6, 2012 at 7:17 am

If you are making progress in getting your strength back, I don’t see what the problem is. Recovery is slow, and three months is not much time at all. I, too, was a quadraplegic for a time (core strength, as well as limbs and extremeties, was effectively zero). It took eight weeks of in-hospital therapy to get strong enough to go home in a wheelchair, five weeks of home therapy to get strong enough to be able to go out with a cane (just barely walking), and five months of outpatient therapy before I felt strong enough to stop formal therapy. Then it was eight or nine months after that when I stopped using my cane outdoors.

When I first started walking with a cane, it was an effort to walk two blocks. This was enough to get to the bus and thence to therapy (and back). Between therapy sessions I mostly rested up for the next one. Today I am nearly normal in my walking range and ability to do physical work without exhaustion.

As long as your strength and balance are improving, I don’t believe you should worry about the rate of progress.