Sinking or Swimming with Paralysis?

Last summer, I went to a pool with my nephews. The six year old asked, “Uncle Jonny, can you swim”? I wanted to get a rise out of him so I replied “Im not sure but why don’t you think I can”? He responded “Because your arm doesn’t work and that thing on you leg (referring to my Walkaide unit used for my footdrop). I kept thinking this little fella is pretty smart for connecting these minor setbacks all together so I hoisted myself up on the diving board and slowly shimmed out with my left leg shaking frantically with spasticity (It always does when not on stable surface) and took a leap to satisfy his curiosity.

I had the opportunity to prove the results of this experiment again last weekend at Lake Wallenpaupack….

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