Some time has passed since I put out a picture of Ryan doing therapy. I just finished getting him set-up and thought I’d snap a picture for today’s post.
Here’s the thing, Ryan must tolerate multiple therapies concurrently, else not everything gets done in a day. Efficient use of time means everything to meeting his demanding routine. Granted, I push him… hard. It all depends on his demeanor though. Some days he is less tolerant, so I back off. Other days he on his game and I ramp up the intensity. When he is in an HBOT cycle, like he is now, there is no room for error. None!
In this photograph (right) Ryan is involved in five therapies all going at once. The two you can’t realize from a picture are music and electrical stimulation. The three that are obvious are the ACTIVcycle working his legs, the infrared helmet over his head, and the percussion vest thumping away to mobile respiratory secretions. Under the helmet, Ryan is wearing laser goggles and his head is firmly secured to the headrest. You can scroll your cursor over the picture to enlarge it.
Also, you might be able to see the blue straps around his legs (just above the knees and thighs) and arms (just above elbows and below armpits). These were purchased from Ryan’s Wish List and are excellent at securing the electrodes that are underneath (also bought from the Wish List!). It total, he has twenty-four of these electrodes, in various sizes, all over his body. He is ready to move directly to the RT-300 FES Cycle without missing a second of time.
It’s crazy just how much — and how hard — he works every day. I’m proud of him and he inspires me. Funny thing is, he pushes me too. We are in this together and make each other better, like we always did. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed.
Still, I’d rather again be playing him for hours on end in games of one-on-one basketball than trying to pull him out of oblivion.