Monday, September 26, 2011
I haven't been the best about strength training, but I've been getting my share the past two and a half weeks since my husband ended up in a wheel chair. Lifting that thing in and out of the back of the Highlander certainly has to be doing something for my upper body strength!!
Two weeks ago, last Friday, he tried to stand up in the morning and couldn't. He's kneew shook and his legs wouldn't support him. He tried to stand up at least five times and collapsed back onto the bed each time. Finally, he was able to lock his knees and move stiff-legged to the bathroom. Luckily, we have a bench built into our shower and he was able to shower. Probably should have called 911 immediately (luckily, it was okay that we didn't) but ended up taking him to the ER myself. Once there, they went into stroke protocol, did a CT scan, numerous blood tests, EKG, spinal MRI, all with normal results. Spent the night and went home on Saturday with no answers. But, using a walker (had been using a cane for several months due to severe dizziness). Found out on church on Sunday that a walker wasn't going to be sufficient for him to get around at work. Got our doctor to write a prescription for a wheelchair so that is what he's been using for almost two weeks (not the two and a half I originally wrote).
So, between getting him to work at his day job and teaching at the local WSU campus five nights a week, church on Sundays and any other outings, I'm getting lots of strength training, just not the kind I wanted. Still no answers, but the physical therapist said his legs are getting stronger. We're really hoping the chair is a very short term part of our lives. We will get through this latest challenge. Next step is a referal to the dizziness clinic at the University of Washington. Still waiting for them to call with an appointment. Hoe it is soon.