Five Smiles #2

Monday: For the past couple of months, I’ve felt like I’m in a bit of a rut when it comes to working out. I’ve still been going to Magee to use the stim bike, Lokomat, and Exoskeleton in the Wellness Center, but I don’t have any formal OT or PT right now. After over a year, insurance finally said it’s time to take a break (I can go back in a few months though, no need to worry). I’ve been yearning for something new so that I didn’t lose interest in working out all together. Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated when your body isn’t showing the results you want, but I know it’s important to keep moving. I recently joined a health and wellness center that’s about 15 minutes away from my house to do some aqua therapy. I was a little reluctant at first — I always hated swimming growing up — but so far, I really like it! The nurse who works there, Tia, used to be an aqua therapist, so she’s been working with me every week and always has new exercises and stretches for me to try out. My body feels a lot lighter and less rigid in the nice, 90-degree salt water. Since there’s less gravity, I can take baby steps with my left leg and pull my right leg along to ‘walk’ a little underwater with my upper body supported by noodles. It’s awesome! I’m not going to lie though, it’s a little awkward being the only person there with a spinal cord injury, but, hey, I have to get out of my comfort zone sometimes, I guess.

Tuesday: My surgery was moved up! Yep, I’m getting surgery. It was originally scheduled for March 20, but now it’s happening on March 7 — two weeks earlier! Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m just waiting around for it, so I’m definitely happy the surgeons snagged me an earlier spot. This will be the first of two or three surgeries I’ll be having on my arms to increase my independence. And I sure am ready for that. *Spoiler alert*: my next few posts will be taking you through this journey with me, so stay tuned!

Wednesday: Willow is finally starting to get used to using a leash! At first, she was terrified of it, but now she sees it’s not that evil. Hazel is also not rejecting her as much! They’ve been having some solid snuggle sessions on my bed, of course.

Be sure to follow their adventures on Instagram @willow_theweenie

Thursday: My mom and I follow a lot of SCI-related publications on Facebook and she came across an awesome article from Unite 2 Fight ParalysisPA Governor signs $1M SCI Research Bill. Go, Pennsylvania! There is so much amazing research being done to help the SCI community all over the world. We actually went to a conference at Rutgers in October and heard about different stem cell trials occurring in China, Japan, India, and the US. Between stem cells, epidural stimulators, nerve transfers, etc., I wholeheartedly believe that there will be a cure for paralysis (and all the other annoying issues paralyzed people have to deal with) in my lifetime. It’s just going to take time, money (lots of it), faith, and teamwork.

Friday: It was a nice, relaxing weekend at the Salisbury household. My sister Caroline came home from Temple University for the weekend and we snuggled with the pups together in my bed several times a day. It was some much needed dog therapy for her — junior year is stressful. On Friday night, we stayed in and ordered sushi from Wasabi, our favorite place in West Chester. And on Sunday, my mom and I st(rolled) around Barnes and Nobles to find some new books. I’m a little late to the game, but I’m finally reading Bossypants by fellow Philly girl, Tina Fey. Gotta love her.

I saw Tina when she came to speak to Temple’s communications school during my senior year. It would be so cool to meet her someday!

What made you smile this week?


3 thoughts on “Five Smiles #2”

  1. Hi Mary! So happy for you that your surgery was moved up! YAY!!! Love reading your posts so keep them coming! 🙂 Aqua therapy sounds awesome but yes I do remember you weren’t one for going in the pool/beach when younger ! haha Take care and hope to see you soon!


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