Jason Larkin back home with family after spending several months rehabbing after spinal injuryFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For most of us, getting up in the morning, taking a swig of coffee and checking our e-mail all happen like clock-work. But for a Fargo man, whose story we first brought you from Craig Hospital in Denver, last October, "routine" has a new definition now.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For most of us, getting up in the morning, taking a swig of coffee and checking our e-mail all happen like clock-work.
But for a Fargo man, whose story we first brought you from Craig Hospital in Denver, last October, "routine" has a new definition now.
After spending several months in Colorado "rehabbing" after a spinal injury, Jason Larkin is home with family.
Larkin is working from home and adjusting to a "new-normal."
“Good morning, Wayne.”
Shortly after most of us arrive at work, Jason Larkin is working as well. Checking e-mail.
“Click new mail.”
Using a different method than most of us.
Jason Larkin/Fargo: “With naturally speaking, I can control all aspects of my computer, drive up and do what I did before and drive away.”
The spinal injury Jason suffered in an ATV accident last summer left him with limited use of his arms.
But is hasn't stopped him from making remarkable progress in the past couple of months.
Jason Larkin: Being away from home and family for six months was tough but worth the extra therapy there, ahead of the game.”
When we first saw Jason at Craig Hospital in Denver,
“Your position is good.”
He was just learning to sit in a wheelchair and rehab was tough. Any limb movement was rare.
But after an extended rehab period at Craig, Jason came home to a garage at his house, turned into rehab center.
Occupational therapy every day.
Tough, exhausting, demanding.
Followed by physical therapy.
A morning of specific exercises and stretching, that is allowing Jason to develop movement he wasn't sure would ever come around.
Callie Larkin/Jason’s Wife: “We are thankful that he is determined every day to keep his strength up and work hard.”
Sure these are baby steps, but in recent weeks, these steps have turned into miracle miles.
Callie Larkin: “I am so proud of him and as long as his mind is there and my mind is there and knowing what he has to do to get better.”
After a day of therapy and working from home, Jason may bushed, but not tired enough to put off this.
“Your Bison helmet, Jacket.”
His children, home from school.
Show and tell.
Who just can't get enough of time with their Dad.
Jason Larkin: “Best little helpers on who gets to help Dad.”
After a long winter at home, and therapy right here in the house, Jason hopes to get out a little more now that we have nicer weather.
Life now is about adjusting. The will and determination have not changed, just the roadmap.
Callie Larkin: “New normal and fall back into a new family routine.”
Jason is due to head back to Denver's Craig Hospital later this summer for a full week-long checkup.