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Cerenity Care

Sunday, December 09, 2012

How quickly my life has changed......AGAIN!

Nov 4th - while attempting to get to the bathroom, something in my right armpit snapped and left my arm - useless. It scared the heck out of me, as it was numb from my shoulder to my fingers. The EMT's and volunteer fire department spent an hour trying to get me turned in my stair chair, as my engorged legs didn't want to fit between the chair and the wall.

The fire department already told me that they do NOT want me to return to my home! It was an overwhelming feeling, filled with 100% anxiety, as the ambulance pulled away from my house. That fear that I will never see it again has filled many of my days. My friends tell me that I may not see my house again, but I WILL see me things....

I arrived at Cerenity Care Center on Nov 8th and I will tell you, exercising at home was NOTHING compared to what is expected of me now. LOL

Occupational therapy is working on my motor skills, improving the strength in my upper torso and daily needs.

Physical therapy is working on exercising my legs, trying to get me to stand and eventually re-learning how to walk! For the past 7 years, my crutches were the ONLY thing that was keeping me upright! Not exactly what I pictured life would be like at 60...

I am thankful for the aggressive program they have, here at the Care Center. Monday through Friday, I have 4 sessions ranging from 30 to 60 minutes (2 with OT and 2 with PT). Saturday and Sunday, I have 2 sessions for 15 minutes (1 with OT and 1 with PT).

Currently I wheel myself down to my therapy sessions which is about 240 feet, one direction. Then I have my therapy and wheel myself back to my room. Some days at lunch, I've thought of requesting soup and a straw! lol

My stubbornness has prevailed since I arrived. NO-ONE dresses me and the struggle of putting on pants (in bed), well....just a good thing I'm able to 'rock and roll' so easily.

Since I arrived, I've been hoyered into my wheel chair and back into bed each day. Until this week, as I've learned a 'new trick' and can now transfer myself between the bed and the wheel chair. AMAZING what one if capable of doing, without the use of your legs!

Whether it is my German or Scandinavian ancestor background, being bull-headed and stubborn is definitely a GOOD thing!!! All the aides enjoy having me on their rotation, as I'm the "easy patient".

There are many people within Transitional Care that are 1/3 my body weight and refuse to get dressed, so the aides welcome my willingness to NOT call them for assistance! Currently the only things they assist me with is getting wash cloths wet, wiping my butt, and placing my 'pee bag' under the wheel chair.

Since I can handle my upper torso exercises on my own, we will be discussing changing to the Long Term Care area and just have them concentrate on working my legs. Which would enable me to stay here at a reduced rate and probably for a longer duration.

We are moving towards consistency with standing and walking. Standing is getting easier, but walking is still VERY scary!

Prior to Thanksgiving, I had walked five feet, twice - using the parallel bars. Then I was sick with the flu, for 5 days and I am back to the starting point.

This week, I also requested more resistance exercises for my legs and starting to "feel the burn" in my calves and thighs. As long as I continue to progress, each week - I will continue at the care level that I currently have.

Miss you all SO much....but will check in when I'm able, usually on weekends - since those days are SO long.

I've managed to lose 11# this month....hope you are all continuing to push yourselves harder each day. We WILL win this battle of the bulge and I will continue to work towards returning homeward in 2013....

Take care!!!!!
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    I love your positive attitude, Annie. You never cease to amaze me with your fantastic attitude and "get it done" attitude. I am so glad to see your updates and blogs and know what is happening with you. This blog really does my heart good...knowing that God has put your just where you need to be right now. May His blessings continue for you as you fight to get stronger and healthier. You are such a great inspiration to me. Keep up your great work and it will be no time til you are more self sufficient in so many ways.
    Blessings, love and hugs,
    2287 days ago
  • SAMI199
    I am inspired once again by your determination & strength. I also noticed you didn't even mention the pain you are dealing with.-how typical of you...You are a fighter & I know you are going to win this battle! Here's to 2013-Annie's Year!

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    2290 days ago
  • SAL1512
    Keep up the good work!
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    2290 days ago
    Annie, I guess you know how much I miss my Spider Slayer. But like Kathy and Di say, I'm just glad you're in the right place getting the help you need. I love your description of your daily routine. And I can almost see you putting those pants on as you rock and roll! I know your Aides love you for a lot of reasons the least of which is that you're able to dress yourself. You have a sparkling wit, Annie, and a wonderful, upbeat sense of humor--everyone who knows you loves you for that!

    I look forward to hearing more about your progress in walking, Annie--I'll bet you'll be taking longer and longer steps each day! I'm sorry you had to get that stinking Flu bug which knocked you back to starting over, but hey--like you said in your letter to me--at least you lost 11 pounds out of that ordeal! Woo Hooo!! :)

    Love you, Annie girl, and take care of yourself in there--and don't forget to think of us as you're drinking your lunch through a straw....LOL...loved that part--they really REALLY work you out on in your therapy huh? lol

    Love you-- and many hugs to you--Georgia

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    2290 days ago
    Keep up the good work. Persistence (and stubbornness) are good qualities in many situations!
    2291 days ago
    Well, work harder so you can get back to us - lol. We need our "Genealogy Guru" on the team. We really do miss you & were so relieved to find out you were being cared for.

    Looking forward to talking to you soon.

    2292 days ago
    Glad you are in the right place and making progress. My MIL is in a rehab place as well and she definitely is doing better as a result of the physical therapy. Maybe you will lose more weight as I'm sure they have you on a planned diet and no snacking!
    2292 days ago
    Annie I am always watching for any word from you, and am so thankful they let you access a computer to drop us little notes. You are missed here every day but I know you are working hard to do what needs to be done. You are inspiring all of us to do our best.
    Love you and take good care of you!
    2292 days ago
  • _KATHY
    You sound very positive Annie. But then you always do. I'm encouraged that you are getting so much care. it's only a matter of time and you will be more self sufficient. I miss you too.
    2292 days ago
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