Whew!! My arm is tired! You all didnt tell me that it takes all this to have another hand – lol. This has been an amazing couple of days in my life. Yesterday began Day #2 with the i-LIMB and it was a day to remember. The doctor told me that I needed to wear it around an hour in the morning and an hour or so in the evening. I have always been someone that pushes the envelope a little and I think I went overboard. My arm is very sore today and it is a direct result of wearing it too much on this Day #2. All the muscles that I am using to control it are muscles that I havent used in … forever basically! So each time I open or close the hand I am working those muscles and it hurts!!
I used the i-LIMB yesterday for the first time to put my socks on my feet. It was soooo cool. I have always been able to put my socks on but it required a special “one handed grab a toe and slip it over pinching it with my pinky toe” type of maneuver and now I am able to do it so much easier with this bionic appendage.
I wore it out in public yesterday and the thing that is really freaking me out is that people are not staring at me as much! I know this sounds crazy but all my life I have had people trying to find what I had up my sleeve and we all know I havent had anything up there. Every where that I have gone in life it has been kind of like a circus – hey check out the one armed guy! LOL Now it is normal. It really looks real and the way that they have measured it and designed it to fit me looks so natural. It is going to take some getting used to but I am enjoying this challenge.
Last night I told the story of how all of this came around to the church that I have been privileged to pastor. I came home and wept thanking God for such incredible people that are as excited as I am about this new journey I am on. You guys are awesome! Give me a few days and I will let everyone in on the story about how all this came about.
I have had many people ask how the thing works or how do you put it on so I have included a video in this blog that demonstrates this marvel of modern technology. I have broken it up in 3 different videos. Check them out and let me know what you think. Make sure to subscribe to my blog for updates. Thanks for everyones support. This thing ROCKS!!
Here is another portion of the video.
Last video of the day.
Things I learned on Day #2
I probably should not drive with it. I just about took out an old lady crossing the crosswalk with her dog.
I punched Carson in the head with it – it was cool – he laughed!
I was able to put my socks on – pretty cool
I think that I am going to take guitar lessons – watch out Eddie Van Halen – HA HA (WHO?)
California’s Governor called – we call him the governator – he wants his bionicness (thats me) to help balance the state budget
My church has been incredibly supportive – I love you all @ The Point. Thanks for letting me see a dream come true in my life.
To all my friends – YOU HAVE BEEN AMAZING.
I will have tons of new jokes before this journey ends
Chuck Norris is really scared of me!