Reply To: Need tips on recovery

March 4, 2012 at 3:05 am

You are extremely fortunate to have had such a quick trip through the hospital. I believe your chances of a full recovery are good. I was in the hospital for 18 weeks. Much of that time, my leg and foot mobility was at zero, but I had therapists protecting my feet from developing contractures. When I got on my my feet again, I could barely reach neutral position to allow standing flatfooted. When I started walking with assistive devices, I had to compensate in my gait for foot drop. Today, 16 months into my recovery, I can walk without a cane and with a normal gait. I still carry a cane when I go out, because my knees are wobbly and my feet hurt, but I don’t use it much. Above the knees, I have been near normal for quite awhile.

It takes time, but you will likely regain full arm and hand strength and coordination with regular exercize, I think.