Dec. 5, 2016 9:41 p.m.
Ever since the surgery last Tuesday, Wendy and I have anxiously waited to see when Ryan would attempt to spin with the surgical shoe.
For reference, on the days we don’t run and even the days we run but not far enough, Ryan will stop whatever he is doing and begin spinning like a top. Like one of his Beyblades.
Ryan doesn’t just rotate real slow. He goes almost as fast as a Beyblade.
Spinning like Ryan does is a repetitive motor behavior. When he spins it’s activating the vestibular system. He’s seeking stimulation to get a “feel good” sensation. It’s also a way for him to get “grounded” and refocus on the activity he was previously working on before spinning.
I don’t have a premium account on this blog, so I can’t post videos. If I did, I would show the video I took of Ryan spinning a couple of weeks ago. It wasn’t his normal speed, but you would get the gist of what he does.
When you or I would spin that fast we easily become dizzy for a few minutes.
Not Ryan. He’ll spin continuously for anywhere between 30 seconds to a minute. He will stop on a dime and walk back to what he was doing.
On the days we don’t run, he’ll spin and then he’ll run his path around the first floor of our house.
Ryan had not attempted to spin since the surgery.
That ended this morning.
Wendy was in the school room helping Micah and I was in my den following the baseball winter meetings, we heard him begin to growl like an engine beginning to start.
That could mean only one thing.
Wendy and I both ran into the living room.
Sure enough, there was Ryan beginning to rotate on his LEFT FOOT!
Not his good foot mind you – but starting to pivot with his LEFT FOOT. More specifically on that heavily bandaged toe of the left foot in the surgical shoe.
“No!” I screamed.
“Ryan, you can’t do that,” Wendy said.
“Why?” Ryan asked.
“Because of your toe, buddy,” I replied. “You’re not cleared to do that.”
“Oh,” he answered.
Fortunately, he didn’t try to spin the rest of the day.
What he did though was walk downstairs to the basement. He played BeyBlades and threw some darts.
Unlike that first night when he tried to get up the stairs, Ryan easily made it up and down the stairs of the basement.
Ryan also went to his TrailLife Group meeting tonight with his brothers. Which I failed to mention on Saturday, Ryan was quite the salesman at the store while his brothers and he sold candy bars for their fundraising event.
A lot of people recognized him from the TV segment or the newspaper article about him carrying the Bicentennial Torch. A few, I guess, said they have seen him with me running in our neighborhood.
Tomorrow, Ryan has his first follow-up appointment with Dr. Tentler.
Dr. Tentler will examine the toe and look at the progress of the incision. He also will give us a better indication of how much longer Ryan will wear the surgical shoe. With the way he’s moving around, hopefully only one more week.