Journal entry by Julia Lundman —
Today, Jamie’s primary physical therapist came in around 3 and stated, “Jamie, I’m looking for a milestone today”. Jamie snorted, gave her his classic side-eyed sarcastic look, grabbed his quad cane, stood up on his own and proceeded to walk right out his room with her on his arm, in deep, solid unbroken concentration for a total of 150 feet!
Not only was this an incredible feat of sheer will, but it was also extraordinary because his knee muscles only began to activate last Monday, making it extra-extra amazing. In fact, we were all stopped in our tracks as Jamie made his lap around the acute rehab patient floor, the entire staff looking on slack jawed in disbelief. Let me tell you, he really tore the roof off!
Then, just to be all cute about it, Jamie went an extra 50 feet without the leg brace that he wears to support his knee and ankle!
Um… like, wow!
All the while, Jamie’s therapist stressed the importance of not glancing down to watch the foot move – instead, stand up straight with eyes forward, shoulders back, allowing the leg, mind and reflexes to do what the brain has trained them to do for an entire life time. In other words, get into the groove, use the force, just feel it, trust your body, trust your instincts and go for it.
Let’s all stand up and celebrate Jamie’s milestone! Woot! Congratulations Jamie! You are one extraordinary guy!!!
Funk on baby!
Love, love and more love,
Groove is in the heart:
Bootsy Collins funk jam, hell yeah! Woot!!!
37 thoughts on “Dig.”
Big milestone! Yay, Jamie!
— Anson Jew, February 11, 2013
That s so awesome ! Thank you for sharing Julia ! Congrats Jamie , can’t wait less from Super Mr Baker , creator of NautiGirl , one of my all time fav characters ;)
— s m, February 11, 2013
That’s really great!!!
— Brian McDonald, February 11, 2013
What wonderful progress Jamie, really good news. love Marg, Keith & family
— Margaret Thomas, February 11, 2013
G’day Jamie, Julia & Rob
Thanks Julia for your latest spirited and admiring bulletin on the man, and for looking after him. Yes, I’m only too happy to join you in standing to salute the exercise of the will and the achievements of your extraordinary guy, while taking modest pride from the fact that “Dat’s ma boy!”.
So too, of course, is Rob Jr, and I take pride also in what he’s doing to help you and Jamie.
Keep striding out with therapists on you arm, James dear boy. More power to your elbow, as the saying is; and to all your other bits and pieces!
How wonderful to read today’s report, James!!! We are both buoyed by each little advancement, so thanks to all three of you for sending us such news gems!
— Rob & Wendy Baker, February 11, 2013
This is great news Jamie! Next time it’s going to be 250 feet! We’re all very proud of you Jamie, keep it up!
And yes, aren’t you cheeky going it braceless…but wear the brace please! I know it’s a hassle, but the last thing you need is to twist your ankle and slow down your progress.
Keep it going, steady and safe, and soon 150 feet will be receding far into the distance of your rear view mirror.
Go Jamie, Go! -benton
— benton jew, February 11, 2013
So, how many feet is it to the bathroom Mr. Poopie Pants?
— John Stevenson, February 11, 2013
Nice work! So good to hear.
— Pete Docter, February 11, 2013
Excellent news! X
— Kim Craste, February 11, 2013
150 feet! 50 more braceless! Almost time for our hoops re-match Baker. Keep it up pal!
We’re thinking of you two all the time. Hang in there.
— Tony Stacchi, February 11, 2013
…and soon you will be ready for THUNDERDOME-! excellent work jamie-
— Derek Thompson, February 11, 2013
Nice Milestone on ya!Way to go Jamie.Step by step, inch by inch, we are with you man!Sounds like we will be doing breakfast in no time!In fact, get your ass in gear we gotta do breaky pretty soon.
A milestone a day, that’s all we ask man.
— Bob Pauley, February 11, 2013
That is really great news, Jamie and Julia!! Love,Amber, Kerry& the boys
— Amber MacLean, February 11, 2013
Oh man, such great news! You’ve DEFINITELY have the Eye of the Tiger! :) Keep it up Jamie!
— Rhode Montijo, February 11, 2013
Great way to celebrate the year of the snake!
— Jana Canellos, February 11, 2013
Fabulous. That’s the word for this treat early on a Monday.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful event! I know all of Jamie’s friends are smiling and laughing now. Hugs, Lou
— Lou Toft, February 11, 2013
Way to go Jamie! A free plate of combo fried rice at the Oaks is almost within range. Keep such an alluring beacon of culinary nirvana in your mind and I’m certain your progress will multiply tenfold..
— Bill Cone, February 11, 2013
YAY!! JAMIE!! So happy for the progress you are making! 50 feet with no leg brace and getting into your groove. Keep up the groove!
— Charlene Kelley, February 11, 2013
thanks you just made me cry at work. gordon
— gordon clark, February 11, 2013
Awesome, Jamie!! Wooohoooo!!! I’m not surprised you are making leaps and bounds on your recovery! You the DRAGON!!!
— Steward Lee, February 11, 2013
By Odin’s beard! Great news about your progress! Buford Hollis would be proud!
— Kenn Navarro, February 11, 2013
As they say in Missouri: “Yip, yip, yip, yip YEE-HAW!! Boy howdy!!”
— Jon McClenahan, February 11, 2013
You go, Jamie! Fantastic.
— Betty Kaplowitz, February 11, 2013
You go JB! Curry Away Team unite! Form of Kick Ass!
— Jim Capobianco, February 11, 2013
Jamie – You’ve always been nothing short of amazing, and you’ll continue to amaze. Keep it up, mate.
— Richard Quan, February 11, 2013
Awesome news.. Sort of like that scene in the Princess Bride…only waaay better… and w/o the sword…
“It’s conceivable, you miserable, vomitous mass, that I’m only lying here because I lack the strength to stand. But, then again… perhaps I have
the strength after all.”
Keep rockin’ the rehab casbah! xo
— Allison Brown, February 11, 2013
Yeaaaahhhh! I always knew the force was strong with this one. Go, Jamie, go!
— Nadine Takvorian, February 11, 2013
Shut the front door! That is funking AWESOME! WooHOOOOOO! Smart Ass: You’re doing it right!
— Adelle Caunce, February 11, 2013
You were just holding back til that moment so you could be put in the record books, I know it! You should be- you are incredible!
p.s. Fiona and I talk about you all the time, your ears must be burning. Love,
— Jennifer Clark, February 11, 2013
HELL YEAH BRO!! That makes my day! I am super duper happy to hear about your progress. And thank you so much Julia for keeping all of us informed. It is very inspiring. Shannon also sends a big ass hug and much love!!
— Victor Gascon, February 11, 2013
Fantastic Purse !!!!…….I was comparing you to Forrest Gump when read the bit about throwing off the knee brace & doing an extra lap around the ward. Small steps will soon turn into giant leaps before you know it. Keep up the Fight…….this is a battle you can win. Thinking of you & looking forward to more good news stories like this. Gemma passes on her love as does Melissa (Davis) & Herman (ter Hedde)
— Mark Creagan, February 11, 2013
Amazing, but not too surprising. I imagine James wants to run far from the poo-Nazis Rob Jnr has been telling us about…..
— Family Baker, February 11, 2013
Awesome Jamie! Keep walking….straight to the pub.You’ve earned it. Right on,Rej
— Rej Bourdages, February 11, 2013
You’ve made my day. I’m sitting here with a big silly grin on my face and tears in my eyes. Well done James!!!!Keep going….and thanks Julia for each installment. I am so keen and excited every time I see there’s a new journal entry.Love and big hugs,
— Janine Dawson, February 11, 2013
Whatever juice you used to take those extra steps – bottle it and don’t sell it for love nor money. But if you ever have any left over …
— Peter Sheehan, February 12, 2013
BRAVO you big hunk a spunk!!!!
note to Julia: that’s ‘WELL DONE you gorgeous thing’ in 70’s Australian vernacular….just in case. Biggest love and hugs Chris Lisa Jet Felix and Venusxxxxxxx
— Lisa Hauge, February 12, 2013
Ya yay yay!! So happy for you both, you are working so hard!!! Love,
— Sadie J, February 12, 2013