What a great day I had today! I wish they could all be like this, but I will take the good ones when they come along. I am an excellent candidate for the neuro-stimulator, it was pretty cool. They fitted everything, put it on me, and turned it on. It wasn't an unpleasant feeling, it was kind of like the feeling I had for years, pins and needles, just concentrated in one spot. She got my foot to lift, bend and she got it to twist. When everything was right, I got up and walked down the hall, no cane, no brace, it was great!
Here is a real simplified explanation of how it works, real simplified. The thingy around your calf sends a signal to the thingy in the heel of your shoe. If your heel is on the floor, nothing happens. When you go up onto you toes, or when your heel leaves the floor, the calf sends a pulse to the heal telling it to bend the ankle. You step forward and your heel touches the ground, sending a signal to the calf telling it to stop, and it does. When the signal stops, the ankle unbends, putting your foot flat on the floor again. Pretty cool. They even set it up so it would pulse a split second longer to help stop me from hyper extending my right knee.
Next step is to fill out the application, a not too lengthy process, I need to get a prescription, and I need to set up an appointment with the technician. The company suggests you rent the device for the first to the fourth month, at $500 a month. You rent to own, with the rental fee going to the cost, which looks to be about $6,500 in total. There is still a hope that insurance will be a part of this, but it doesn't look good. All I know is I walked down the hallway today, sans aides, for the first time in a few years, without tripping, without dragging, and without worry. I feel like in what has been a long battle we won today, and it feels good!