June 23, 2014
Today was the day I got to try out the Ekso Skelton suit from Ekso-Bionics at Mayo Clinic. The company warned me that I might not be a qualified candidate to take part in the demo but there was a good chance I would be just fine. To my disappointment, after some muscle testing they told me I did not qualify. I was disappointed but I understood they want it to be safe for me. However, as I was just leaving the building the Ekso Skelton PT stopped me and said that she talked to her boss and they gave me the ok to go ahead to demo it due to my exceptional leg strength.
So after a hour or more of setup, I was ready to go with a $150,000 worth of robotic equipment strapped to me. The machine was amazing! I felt like Iron Man, minus the flying part. I was able to gracefully take steps with the assistance of the machine. The first walk I did the machine did everything. The second walk I initiated the steps and the robotics did the rest. The third time I did mostly all of the stepping and the robotics would glide along with my steps. I took over 300 steps and was in it for almost 2 hours. Once completed, everyone was saying how I will sleep really well and that I will eat a big dinner as if it was the hardest workout of my life… I didn’t want to come off as arrogant, but that workout was nothing compared to my daily workout routine. It definitely made me realize that perhaps I must exercise a lot more than the average individuals they work with or know. I’m also supposed to let them know how I feel the next day… Haha it was hard not to crack a smile because I know I will be just fine!
Now, if I could just come up with $150,000 for the Ekso Skelton life would be good…also another $150,000 for my vehicle…. Wishful thinking!
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