Today is my last day in Arizona before heading back to North Carolina. I am hoping to make another trip out here later in the summer to visit again. I had the chance to watch my dad work with his physical therapist this morning. The exercises they are having him work on are ones that are supposed to help him start recognizing and using the left side of his body.
Today, as my dad sat in his wheelchair, the therapist simply wanted my dad to look at his left leg, visualize lifting his foot up off the ground, and then doing what he was imagining. Every time my dad would lose focus, the therapist would remind him to focus on his leg and lift it up.
My first thought when I saw this exercise was:
His physical therapist is a modern-day Yoda!
“Do or do not… there is no try.” ~ Yoda
Seriously, though, it’s been fascinating to see just how much power the mind has over our ability to do or not do things. I spoke to the therapist about it and she agreed that it’s about reconditioning my dad’s brain to do what it used to do. He needs to retrain his brain and form the habit all over again.
I am re-learning some valuable lessons from all of this…lessons like not giving up and making sure that the conversations we have with ourselves on a daily basis are not hindering our progress but are growing us stronger and leading us closer to healing.