On January 27, 2011 Eric Merkley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. An aggressive cancer that we hope and the doctors to this point seem confident that is contained to one spot on his leg. Prognosis is good. Treatments and recovery will be long and painful.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Stepping it up at Physical Therapy

Today we made it to Physical Therapy again.  Eric is ready to start to jog, and it is a huge learning curve.  Eric was strapped to a support system on the treadmill.   In the event that he may lose his balance and fall, the support will hold him up.  He did great at a slow pace and asked to speed it up.  Brett then wanted him to start to walk sideways.
When we first met with Brett, he explained to Eric what he will be doing to get his balance set and build muscles to support changes in his stride.  Knowing that Eric will be doing this, I was nervous.  Eric was excited to try it, but I was holding my breathe and Eric did great!  It is not that I don't think that he can do it, it is just that his center of gravity is so different now and his prosthetic leg is not as easy to manipulate as his own legs.

He was even running backwards!  I did not get a picture of it, because he still hates having cameras around snapping pictures.  It was a great day.  Eric is still gaining weight, building the muscle back, growing his hair back, regaining strength and endurance, and getting more color back into his skin!  He has changed so much from even Thanksgiving.

This is Eric congratulating Clint Bateman for a job well done at the Payson vs Salem Hills basketball game.  Eric and Clint have played basketball for many years together. When Eric decided that he was going to Salem Hills High (he decided while in 7th grade), he was no longer asked to play on the same team with Clint.  Even though they now played on opposite teams, they have always stayed good friends. 

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