Sitting is quite a challenging task. Jan has been doing this for a few weeks already for 1,5 to 2 hours every day. Some days it seems to work well and other days we need to keep his legs lifted so that the blood flows better.
Sitting in a wheelchair means: balancing in a chair. And since the trunk muscles don’t work as before, Jan has to figure out how to balance in a chair with those muscles that are left. Sitting in a wheelchair also means shoulder pain — because Jan was lying in bed for so long already and his shoulders experience quite heavy strain, and blood pressure disfunction, an ongoing problem that will most likely stay with us in the future too. At these moments Jan feels weak and weird in his head, his sight becomes fuzzy, and his reaction time is much slower than normally would be. Simply sitting takes lots of training and requires a lot of energy and concentration.
Today Jan practised using an electric wheelchair. That is a new step forward. It was definitely nice to see him mobile and slightly more independent.