Please can you introduce yourself?
How did you learn about epidural stimulation?
What were your impressions of the team?
I’m very happy to hear that! So, what were your expectations prior to undergoing this surgery?
Do you have a favorite exercise? And what do you like most about being here?
I like the way that everything is structured. I think that it's what we do, the exercises we do. The way it's structured is really good. The people, the therapists and the staff are excellent - really good and everything is really well organized. I really liked the breakfast buffet at the hotel as well. The hotel is good and so is the hospital. In the hospital we had a big room, the room was large and very accessible. The nursing staff were really good and we had a nice view of a temple. The hotel is also very good. I think this is a five star hotel, so the accommodations are great. The hotel is also really accessible, the bathroom is very good and very spacious. It's easy to go around everywhere in your wheelchair.
How was the stem cell treatment?
In terms of outcomes, I know that my hand function has improved a little bit. I don't know if that's due to the stem cells or the stimulation. Some of the improvements I've had without the stimulation. There are some exercises I can do now without the stimulator switched on that I couldn't do before. I don't know if it's from the stem cells, or the stimulation or the combination of both, but that's why I did the stem cell treatment, because I wanted to use whatever I could. I thought that maybe the combination would help me to get the most out of the treatments.
If you had to name three things that have changed the most, what would they be?
Ok, well, the ability to move your legs with the stimulation on. Without it, I can't move my legs. In my latest session, we found some really good programs for stepping and standing, so now I can lock out both my legs to be able to stand. I have to go home and keep on working on it and practice and everything.
With my left leg I can take a normal step - you know, pick the leg up, put it down and then lock it to stand. I don't have it on the right side yet, but it's basically a normal step, like a normal person would step so that’s definitely pretty cool.
My blood pressure is definitely better. Without the stimulation, I've had definite improvements in my blood pressure. I haven't really tested this out yet because I live in a cold climate, but I know last time I was here in Bangkok, I was starting to sweat on my head, neck and chest and I hadn’t done that since before my injury. I have to see when it's hot if I start sweating in more places.