Magic Mart

LONG TIME NO POST! My apologies, we were super busy spring breakin’ and time got the best of us. But big things have been happening in the Marty Movement!!

For about a month now, Marty has been going to acupuncture once a week to help with his circulation. This week, he had his first massage at St. Jude and according to Martin, it was GLORIOUS. The massage therapist, who specializes in spinal cord injuries, made mention that she was very impressed with Marty’s muscle tone. (In any other circumstance, I think a masseuse commenting on Marty’s muscles might make me a little jealous… but in this case, that was definitely great to hear!) Marty has a lot of tone and spasticity that make his muscles super tight, so tight that his arms don’t just hang at his sides like mine or yours. And when he extends his leg and lets go, it doesn’t just fall back down, it sloooowly goes back down. The massage therapist said that regular massages can help with that tightness, his circulation, and his soreness from working out. :) So weekly massages will be a welcomed addition to his regular routine.

It crazy to think how much Marty might be able to do if he wasn’t so tight… Just messing around at the gym the other day, Marty put some weight bags around his wrists to make his arms hang down while sitting in his chair. With his arms down there, he was ALMOST able to use them to push his wheelchair forward! That would be HUGE for his independence, so getting rid of that tightness is a top priority. This is a short clip of Marty rolllllin’ at the gym, I decided this one needed some appropriate tune-age so I dubbed it with a little music for your viewing pleasure 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur2AfCSOIzA

Some more big news, Marty has been getting some finger motion!!! His hands have been sooo slow throughout this process and in the last few weeks he’s gotten some thumb and pointer movement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njlh_GvJPXE

Everyone around rejoiced that soon enough Marty may be able to drive his own power wheelchair…. but not my moyfriend…Martin’s first thought was playing XBOX! You see…. I use the term MOYfriend because Marty is stuck in that awkward phase Britney Spears so perfectly described on her Crossroads album. “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman…” That’s Marty… not a boy not yet a man… I mean technically, yes…. he does have a 401k and a neard (neck beard) but he also likes to play Call of Duty and drink Nesquik from the bottle…. its a “transitional” phase 😉

And last but not least, Marty continues to get stronger and stronger. He is so committed to his regular, daily workout schedule. And thankfully his determination and hard work continue to pay off. He has definitely been filling out again and gaining more muscle lately. He’s been doing lots of weight training for his arms and also squats, abs, and balance training on the tilt table we call the Frankenstein. Here is a short video of Smarty doing some sit ups:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRbKrPoXJLg

That’s all for now…more regular posting to come, promise :)

 

14 thoughts on “Magic Mart

  1. Shayla, Finn, and I are ALL so happy about your continued progress!! We are rooting for you daily and pray for quick and certain recovery!! Keep up the great work!! We LOVE & MISS you so much!!

    Love, Uncle Kevin, Shayla & Finn <3 <3 <3

  2. I went to high school with u guys and i remember marty as super Active And an amazing athlete (kind of jealous) I’ve been following all ur posts and all I have to say is ur still amazing u never give up and ur doing more that most ppl would ur an inspiration .. My husband herb who went to school with us too is a marine and he was doing a course with this guy who recently lost his leg in Afghanistan not to long ago and he was making excuses about not being able to do a lot of things and he was basically giving up well I was bring herb lunch and I saw him sitting there and we started to talk and he basically broke down and was saying his life is pretty much over cuz he can’t do anything and I said that’s a lie and I told him he was giving up to soon then I showed him ur story and all ur videos and progress well he is now training again being fitted for his first prosthetic and now after he saw all ur progress and how motivated u r he is too! … To say ur an inspiration is an understatement. Ur parents did an awesome job teaching u to never give up and I’m going to teach my daughter the same lifestyle.plus u have a great support system of ur beautiful girlfriend all ur friends and ur family… If u guys ever need anything or some sweets (I’m a baker) don’t hesitate to ask..
    Love Charlene Herb & baby Aria

  3. Marty, I am so proud of you. You are doing so well. Thank Jessie for doing the updates. Love you both.

    Love, Grandma
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  4. Goo Marty! Lookin good! Keep working hard! It’s awesome to see how you’re progressing! We love you and miss! Love, Amy, Ralphie and Rocco!

  5. WOOHOO MARTY!! Love seeing your hard work in action!!

    Also, Charlene…thank you for sharing your story! That is incredibly uplifting and just goes to show how much you inspire all of us, Marty. You are an incredible example of strength and perserverance to us all– we love you and are continually cheering you on!!

    Jessie, thank you for the update! Your humor really comes through in the writing..you were making me laugh out loud at work. Thank you for taking the time to update us on his progress….and what progress it is!!

  6. Goooo Marty!!!! Looking good, but we all know how committed you are. We think about you lots and look forward to hanging out with you and Jess again soon, AYE WISH! xo baby, love you Jess and appreciate all the updates!

  7. Sup my fellow gimpy, (hope I don’t offend anyone) fam & girlfriend.

    It’s been awhile. Hope your daily life out of casa hasn’t messed you up in the head. My mom and I over here stressing out like crazies. The transition was pretty rough wasn’t it? Well, it’s good to see you’re still bustin ass cause I was gonna talk shit if you looked like the lakers… They looked more gimped then both of us combined this year. Ahahaha. Clippers just may follow so ill stop there. But all jokes aside, keep up the good work. My progress is slow but I am progressing. You better work hard and not give up or else imma walk before you. We both have similar goals. Meet you at the end clipper hater.

  8. My prayers go out to you and your family Marty! Stay strong, you are doing great and will continue to progress! Your story of overcoming is and will be an inspiration to so many people! Take care and God Bless :)

  9. Thanks Jessie, so happy to see the latest news and videos. You look great Marty! It’s wonderful to see all of your new progress, keep up the good work; it certainly shows how hard you are working…=)

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