Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy Rehab: Made it Through Week Two!

I’ve finished week 2! There have been ups and downs, better days and worse days. One thing has been consistent, that is learning.

Things I’ve Learned:

  • I am strong. Anyone who gets through 5 minutes of evaluation on the first day, is strong. To get through a program like this takes all the will you have and to finish even a day of it is amazing.
  • The physical part is easy for some and the psychological part is easy for some but one of them will be harder than the other. For me the psychological aspect is harder because I have to change the way I look at pain and manage it. I’ve had to deal with it all my life and so separating it from who I am isn’t a simple process.
  • This is a process.
  • I’m still learning more and will continue to do so.
  • They should put the marines through this program. They don’t have anything on me. 😛

I have the after-therapy-can’t-thinks so I’ll continue this list later on!

Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy Rehab: Day 2


I’m so tired I can’t describe it. Last night it was too cold for me, it woke me up around 5:00am-ish. I thought it was 3 or 4am and had to go potty. (Yes, I am 17 and still use the word, potty in everyday speech, live with it! 😛 ) Not wanting to wake my Mom and brother in their room I tried to slowly open the door. It totally and completely escaped my mind that my door creeks LOUDLY! She woke up and asked me why I was up and then I just got ready and hung around here until it was time to go. Which I found out today is 8:45am, only on the first day (with all the assessments) does it start at 8am. 9am is a much better start time for me, at 8am the caffeine hasn’t kicked in yet. (Maybe I should just get it in IV form… :3 )


Today was… challenging, to say the least. I’m so tired now its hard to remember what I did; 20 mins. on an elliptical stepper, 2100 meters of rowing, 10 mins. on the sitting elliptical, step ups, hand ups, dragging myself with my arms on a board with wheels up a steep incline… I think you get the idea. I did some bio-feedback as well (controlling your heart rate/breathing with meditation, thoughts and being calm and so on), it was boring (if you know what meditation is then you’d find that part repetitive), the program I used was dated and lame. Oh well. The worst part is one of the parts of the program wouldn’t even respond! I ate a ridiculous amount of food at lunch again; a bag of chips, rice-krispie, grilled cheese sandwich and fries. Lunchtime is basically time to stuff your face, which is what I try and do because I burnt it all off and was hungry an hour later. I’d like to go to a bookstore tomorrow and I need a few more things from Target, namely some dishes/cutlery for the room, another bathing suit, leave in conditioner etc. All this therapy grinds down on a person. I just hope I can to sleep tonight! (And stay asleep.)

Reflex Neurovascular Rehab: After the First Day

I got home from my first day of therapy at The Children’s Institute. The morning consisted mostly of assessments. I had a grilled chicken sandwich, fries plus a Klondike bar for lunch, which I burned through. It was kind of disturbing. I haven’t eaten that big a meal for lunch in a long time. (I find I get a lot of stomach trouble from the RND.) Some of the therapy was gruelling, I didn’t like the 6 min. jog/run and the inchworm animal walk was hard. Really, freaking hard. I did all of it though. The inchworm is where your bending over, hands flat on the floor and your feet touching the ground behind you, with your legs almost straight. Once you get in that position you move one hand forward and the next then one foot and the other. It was hard to cover any amount of ground because it was slow going. I like that my day (8am-4pm) ends with some hydrotherapy. They have 2 pools but the larger one’s pump is broken. It was a really lovely, albeit small therapy pool, nice and warm as well. While I was in pain doing the animal walks the only other thing that was a problem is the tightness in my back and shoulders. It is annoyingly achy.

After I got back from the hospital my brother, Mom and I went to Target. I scored a Star Trek (the original) and Wolverine t-shirt. Did you know that those pretty black and speckled white composition that I lust after in Canada and can’t find anywhere are only a 1.50$ here (Pittsburgh)? I love notebooks. Anyways, I also picked up a Flip UltraHD. OK, I’ll post more tomorrow, I can’t keep my eyes open.