Friday, December 30, 2011
Today I completed the last week of intensive physical therapy to restore the use of my hands, arms, shoulders, neck and balance. Therapy has been slow, painful and time consuming. I am now ready to be more independent. I will continue to do my home strengthening program, attend water aerobics and slowly get stronger. In about 3 weeks I will have another check up with my physical therapist. He will assess my progress and help me solve any problems that may develop along the way. My physical therapist said that I have exceeded his expectations for muscle strength during the 10 weeks I have spent in therapy! That was very nice to hear because I've really worked hard to achieve my current strength level. Although I continue to have issues with my left arm, he assures me that if I follow my program, over time, most of the issues will disappear as I heal.
It is fitting that as I enter phase II of my physical therapy, that I am also entering into a new year. When I look back at where I was last year at this time, I shudder. I'm so thankful that I dug my heels in and acted as my own advocate. If I hadn't, I would most likely be paralyzed by now - either in both arms or from the neck down depending upon outside influences. That is why my neurosurgeon insisted upon doing surgery within two weeks of my initial consultation. So, with the beginning of 2012, I get a fresh start. I will consider it my second chance to make the most of my life and to be the best "me" that I can possibly be.