Thursday, December 12, 2013

Photo Of The Day

Woman in wheelchair dressed in "steampunk" style, with wheelchair in the same style
From the musiclove Tumblr blog, via the fogwithwheels Tumblr blog.

“Pick Yourself Up …"

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The latest AmputeeOT video made me think of another story I’ve been told about my early childhood.

After I finally started walking, which was when I was 3 years old, my mother at some point told my older brother that she couldn’t let me go outside to play by myself, because when I fell, I wasn’t able to pick myself up again. Ian, who I’m guessing was 17 years old at that time, took me outside in the yard and by watching how I moved in various situations, where my strengths were, and my various ranges of motion, figured out a way that I could get myself up to my feet without help. That’s Occupational Therapy right there … kind of like Christina’s demonstration of standing up on an icy surface with a prosthetic leg. This is another childhood milestone I don’t actually remember, but it sure sounds right. And I know for sure that it meant a lot to Mom.