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....