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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeron View Post
    Not exactly. Some people who have spinal cord injuries can have control over their hips, and move their knees a bit, but that doesn't mean they have control over their legs per say. I will say the fact that they're walking him is positive.
    There's a video of him doing that. I believe it's from a month or two back. He's got some feeling down there. Maybe not a ton. But when you hear about people staring at there toes to make them move just a tiny bit he's definitely past that point.

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    New video today. Can see both the pain and determination in his face, especially at the end.

    https://www.facebook.com/robertwicke...3766802702489/
    I'm not going to remotely lie. that was very tough for me to watch. He's incredibly mentally strong to be dealing with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyZ1 View Post
    There's a video of him doing that. I believe it's from a month or two back. He's got some feeling down there. Maybe not a ton. But when you hear about people staring at there toes to make them move just a tiny bit he's definitely past that point.



    I'm not going to remotely lie. that was very tough for me to watch. He's incredibly mentally strong to be dealing with this.
    The other major factor in his recovery is the muscle loss....even if he has feeling and control, he lost so much muscle mass, relearning how to walk would be necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mearsfan53081 View Post
    The other major factor in his recovery is the muscle loss....even if he has feeling and control, he lost so much muscle mass, relearning how to walk would be necessary.
    My dad and I both had to do that in the same summer (learn how to walk again after losing weight and muscle- we had completely different problems that put us there!).

    I was young and my dad was in good shape for his age and we got going again pretty quickly. As fast as we lost our strength, we were both happy to see it come back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyZ1 View Post
    There's a video of him doing that. I believe it's from a month or two back. He's got some feeling down there. Maybe not a ton. But when you hear about people staring at there toes to make them move just a tiny bit he's definitely past that point.
    Yes...I guess they were just not paying attention. Wickens has posted a video of himself voluntary controlling muscles in both legs on command (more than a month ago). At that time he himself stated that he still has feeling in his legs. Hopefully the last videos of him learning how to walk has shut that down. There are no electrodes helping him now...

    No guarantee he will recover completely...but there's a good f-ing chance. Every video gets better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moid View Post
    Yes...I guess they were just not paying attention. Wickens has posted a video of himself voluntary controlling muscles in both legs on command (more than a month ago). At that time he himself stated that he still has feeling in his legs. Hopefully the last videos of him learning how to walk has shut that down. There are no electrodes helping him now...

    No guarantee he will recover completely...but there's a good f-ing chance. Every video gets better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyZ1 View Post
    Maybe not a ton. But when you hear about people staring at there toes to make them move just a tiny bit he's definitely past that point.
    Look, throughout these threads I've encouraged people to stay away from speculation, and I'm not saying you're wrong, but in my experience working at a world-renowned brain and spinal injury rehabilitation center that's not true. More often than not movement and feeling comes from the top of the leg down. There's a lot of myths about spinal injuries in television and movies and spinal cord injuries don't start with people making their toes move. So I think the best thing we can do as fans is to not project our hopes and expectations of recovery onto him.


    I will say there is some good news here, because his injury is incomplete there is a chance he will walk again, the other piece of good news is ambulation is high on the body's recovery priority list. Regardless of whether you believe we were built or evolved over time, humans were clearly meant to upright and mobile, because up until the last 75 years or so you had a pretty limited life expectancy if you couldn't walk. He also has great therapists. I think I know where he's been doing his rehab and I've worked with some of their former employees and they're all great people, everyone has good things to say about that facility.

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    I just saw the Hinch vs. Wickens wheelchair race on FB. Hilarious! The best one since Paul Newman's in Silent Movie...

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    The best one since Paul Newman's in Silent Movie...
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    That wheelchair race video, and the willingness of Wickens and Hinchcliffe to actually play that way, is inspiring, touching, funny, and absolutely wonderful.

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    His g/f Karli Woods goes a little more in depth about what life is like the last few months

    https://itskarliwoods.com/?p=457

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    I would think Robert has a massive support group, both close knit and the rest of us.
    He is quite fortunate to have Hinch there. They go together like peanut butter and jelly.
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    Sobering words from Karli and I really appreciate them. They're both strong and pushing ahead with life, but they're on a long, difficult road. All positivity and prayer to them.

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    https://twitter.com/robertwickens/st...531124736?s=21

    Still a long ways to go but it's encouraging progress is still being made.

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    She was subtle about it, but one message I got from that is they need to stop hearing "You'll be racing again soon!" I understand it's well-intentioned, but it's really not fair to the guy. We can offer moral support without promises we have no medical support for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeremi View Post
    She was subtle about it, but one message I got from that is they need to stop hearing "You'll be racing again soon!" I understand it's well-intentioned, but it's really not fair to the guy. We can offer moral support without promises we have no medical support for.
    You're absolutely correct. Someone might post such a comment, breezily thinking it's uplifting and encouraging, when in fact it could cause the opposite reaction.

    Robert and Karli have chosen to inform fans of what's really happening. It's not a sugar coated everything-is-gonna-be-OK situation.

    They should be given such support as can be delivered by brief comments on social media, but fans should always be respectful and recognize that Robert and Karli are facing a future that is not predictable at all.

    Your post is insightful and illuminates an area that is difficult to navigate. Thanks for that.

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    For anyone wondering about a quiet in Wickens' updates, he felt sick and was convinced to go to the hospital. After several days, they found he had a skin infection on his foot, so getting an IV drip and hopes to be out of there soon.

    his video was shot on December 19th and it really puts things into perspective for me about how unpredictable SCI’s can be. I was the happiest I’ve been in a while on the Lokomat, walking the best I’ve done yet. Fast forward 3 days and Karli convinced me to go the ER because of an extremely high fever that came out of no where. I went through a bunch of tests, and no one could figure out why I was so ill. Yesterday they sent in a doctor from infectious diseases and he confirmed I have streptococcus in my right foot. Which is a skin infection. Nothing to be too concerned about, just a couple days of IV antibiotics in the hospital. Fingers crossed I can get out for Christmas! I would like to wish all of you a wonderful time with their friends and family. Happy holidays everybody! #spinalcordinjury #sci #happyholidays #rehab
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakester View Post
    After I fell off a 40 foot cliff in Green River Wyo. on a family vacation to the Seattle World's Fair I spent 2 months at Methodist Hospital and we had wheel chair races until the day we forgot to tell the blind kid that it was time to turn and he wiped out in the arts and crafts room knocking over a couple paint easels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzlor View Post
    For anyone wondering about a quiet in Wickens' updates, he felt sick and was convinced to go to the hospital. After several days, they found he had a skin infection on his foot, so getting an IV drip and hopes to be out of there soon.
    https://twitter.com/robertwickens/st...72110534254595
    FYI, on Wickens' Instagram story he got out for Christmas and the infection is stable now.

    Seems he's making progress in the video. They can set the Lokomat machine to basically do all the work of walking for the patient, but from Wickens' comment that he was doing the best he had yet, I would guess it's set to where Robert is at least helping himself walk.

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    Robert Wickens just posted a video of walking with a walker and the help of a guy behind him. It's on his Facebook and Instagram page, very powerful and moving stuff. Looking at the determination in his face is powerful and shows he's made some progress.

    Prayers for your continued recovery Robert, and keep pushing!
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    So happy to hear! Wishing the best for a full recovery. It could have been so much worse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RHRfan#1 View Post
    Robert Wickens just posted a video of walking with a walker and the help of a guy behind him. It's on his Facebook and Instagram page, very powerful and moving stuff. Looking at the determination in his face is powerful and shows he's made some progress.

    Prayers for your continued recovery Robert, and keep pushing!
    Don't mean to be the "Negative Nancy" but I believe the machine is doing the walking for him and he's not actually able to make those movements on his own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sean26 View Post
    Don't mean to be the "Negative Nancy" but I believe the machine is doing the walking for him and he's not actually able to make those movements on his own.
    You could be right, I have no idea honestly.

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    New tweet sounds hopeful:
    https://twitter.com/robertwickens
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    Quote Originally Posted by debdrake View Post
    New tweet sounds hopeful:
    https://twitter.com/robertwickens
    Say his left leg comes back to 100% but his right leg does not improve, would he be allowed to drive with just the one good leg?
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    The tweet before that shows his humor too..


    https://twitter.com/robertwickens/st...633451522?s=20

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