February 12, 2022 I know, it has been a long time since my last entry. A brief update from Louisville. I completed the main “Big Idea” study this past November. Again, what that entailed was completing 160 sessions with each day representing 1 session. After setup, each session consisted of 8 hours of daily work. SixContinue reading “The Beginning of the Last Phase”
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The One-Year Update
October 30, 2021 October 27, 2020 was the day they implanted me with the Medtronics epidural stimulator, and October 29, 2021 was my last session of two-hour stands in the research lab. 160 sessions or 320 hours of standing (though they made me do four more sessions so technically 328 hours) are now in theContinue reading “The One-Year Update”
It’s been a year!
September 22, 2021 I apologize for not being too communicative. It continues to be a grind and, frankly, I just run out of steam after a long day. I am well into my second group of 80 sessions and currently have about 30 more to go to complete the study. We have made great progressContinue reading “It’s been a year!”
5/15/2021 I know you have not heard from me for quite some time, so wanted to check back in to give you my current update. This past Friday was my 71st of 80 sessions over in the lab. As a reminder, a session for me counts if I do six hours of blood pressure monitoring atContinue reading “Standing Independently”
1/30/2021 This past week had both low and high moments. I wish I had a photo to share with you capturing the highlight of the week, which occurred on Monday. As you are now aware, I stand for two hours every day in the lab with the assistance of the techs. Well, a few timesContinue reading “Standing”
1/24/2021 Thursday, January 14 began my first official day in the trial. All of the work over the past few months essentially has been the preparation necessary to allow me to begin the study. As a reminder, a total of 36 participants will complete 1 of 4 randomized tracks (Groups A through D). Whatever dailyContinue reading “Making progress”
New Year, New Challenges – bring it on!
1/9/21 The lab reopened this past week, and I continued with testing my voluntary movement configuration as well as a couple more baseline assessments. After this next week, they should be set to begin my routine of eight hours of stimulation a day, which will also entail two hours of standing at the lab. Some highlightsContinue reading “New Year, New Challenges – bring it on!”
A Cardiovascular Christmas
12/26/2020 Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and hoping you have some time to rest and enjoy some time off. Looking forward to welcoming 2021! Thought I would provide an update to my journey. On Friday, December 18, I went to the lab to do a 9 AM to 10:30 AM session where they triedContinue reading “A Cardiovascular Christmas”
12/15/2020 Just thought I would log a quick update on how things are progressing. After taking Monday and Tuesday of last week off, I tried to finish up the voluntary movement studies with their final experiment but, unfortunately, I still had some blood pressure challenges. They concluded that it would be best for me toContinue reading “Cardiovascular experiments”
Two days off my game
12/8/2020 After an overwhelming week, I went into the weekend more exhausted than anything. Right now it takes me about 1.5 to 2 hours to recover after a strenuous lab session. Unfortunately, for most the weekend I didn’t have a lot of energy and actually had a bit of a headache. The headaches were not debilitatingContinue reading “Two days off my game”