Crystal continues to fight this in spite of the many changes that have occurred since we started this journey. The weakness is getting more prevalent as she needs to be propped with pillows on her right side when sitting in a chair. Her legs have become weaker and transferring is a challenge. She continues to eat by mouth but limited and food has to be prepared in a way to prevent choking. She still has that beautiful smile y'all and that is a blessing.
Crystal was diagnosed May 24, 2011 while serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, US Army. She loved jumping out of air planes. Upon retiring in June 2012, she and her husband moved to Kentucky to be close to family.
Crystal is bound to her wheelchair for any movement. She has a feeding tube she uses for meds, but shes still lucky to be able to eat with assistance. She needs assistance to do everything (dressing, hygiene, eating). She cannot roll over in bed. She cannot raise her arms. Although her legs are strong, she cannot take more than a few steps to transfer to and from her chair. Shes happy considering and remains positive.
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