Wednesday, March 13, 2013
In case you don't follow my blogs......
On Nov 4th, 2012 I headed off to the hospital with a suspected stroke, as I lost all feeling in my right arm. The MRI proved that I did NOT have a stroke, rather I damaged my Brachial Plexus in my Axilla (something snapped in my armpit) and left my right arm use-less!
Nov 8th I headed off to Cerenity Care - Transitional care unit and began a lengthy exercise program with Physical and Occupational Therapy. Amazing what 2 to 4 hours of exercise can do to a person! The dietician was a regular at my room, because she thought I was loosing weight much too quickly. Well...large women do tend to lose weight quicker in the beginning, but I was consistently loosing more pounds than average and it was NOT becuase of the food!! lol
In the 76 days that I was at Cerenity Care - I lost a total of 73 pounds!! Since consistency with learning to stand and walk never happened, circumstances brought me to Assisted Living on January 23rd.
January 30th I had an appointment with an Orthopaedic doctor and xrays revealed that both knees were bone-on-bone and he recommended bi-lateral knee replacements. But due to complications with DVT's (blood clots) and Lymphedema (incurable disease in my legs), he referred me to an Orthopaedic Specialist at the Univ of MN.
My 2nd Ortho consult was on March 11th and my apprehension of having surgery became my reality. The extra weight poses a problem, but the higher risk is the disease in my legs. With Lymphedema, my body doesn't heal as quickly as a normal person and due to that, Dr Cheng does NOT recommend surgery EVER happening!
Even if I was a skinny chick - he wouldn't recommend the surgery because of the higher risk of infection setting in before my knees healed. Which means that my wheel chair will continue to be a part of the challenge in my daily life.
HEY - at least I'm still functioning, can care for myself, have learned to transfer to most surfaces and now taking a closer look at what other options are available.
I do NOT want to stay in Assisted Living - mainly because of the expense!! Last month I was able to reduce my monthly bill from over $5,000 to about $99 per day.
While I paid off my house in 2010, there is no way that I would be able to move back into it....just too many obstacles in a house with a split-entry. I'm looking for housing that is all on one level and slowly going through how to accomplish that.
Getting back to total independence (within reason) is my goal. If I can find something with a roll-in shower, I think most of my problems could be met.
And now I'm thinking how boring life would be without these challenges in my life!!!! LOL