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New Tricks.....

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I'm finding that as age takes it's toll on our abilities to cope with the health challenges that we deal with each day....we learn how to adapt to our surroundings.

Life here in the Care Center runs on different rules than outside in the "real world"....yet we are all human. We re-learn to move dormant muscles, learning to stretch and strengthen, improving from one day to they next. Those of us that are in Transition care learn to encourage each other as we take many baby steps towards getting our lives back in order.

Thoughts of going home weigh heavy on everyone's minds....even for those of us that will have a longer road to travel.

I have seen many people come and go home, wish them well and then greet all the new people as they come through the door. We are all surrounded by an endless supply of love, encouragement, support and laughter.

Yet, each time someone leaves....a bit of me goes home with them. It's so totally frustrating to not be able to stand or walk and there have been a few "melt-downs" in my life when I feel so darn discouraged.

So many people that come through these doors are supported by family members, friends and acquaintances. My room is empty of all of those and it's hard to stay "up beat"....yet onward I go.

I often spend some grueling hours in therapy, wheel myself back to my room in hopes of catching a power nap before I head off to another session. Lately, I will come back to my room and find yet another card from one of my SPARK FAMILY and my day immediately improves!!

Thank you for taking time to think of me - it means SO much!!!

Last week I learned to transfer from my wheel chair to my bed and back again. When the doctor came in the other day, he became a "nervous Nellie" just watching this transfer take place. I told him to please leave the room....that I will NOT allow myself to fall! LOL

Yesterday, my catheter was removed. The nurses told me that I need to be checked, once per shift, after I "void" - an ultrasound to check how much fluid is being retained in my bladder. An hour after the catheter was removed, I had my first test and it came up ZERO - as have all the other tests so far. While it is a great step forward - it takes time to transfer to the bed, lift my weary legs into bed and slap the bed pan upon my backside (lovely picture)! LOL

Changes do happen....just not the ones that I have hoped for. Therapy keeps telling me that I WILL walk again...but belief in myself seems to be waning a bit. Yet I keep hoping that today will be the day that I will stand and perhaps take a step forward....

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    Hurry back to us. We really miss you.
    2315 days ago
    Oh Annie!!! You may have a long road to travel but you have mastered so much and have come so very far. I pray that God continues to walk with you each day as you get stronger and stronger. You are right where you need to be at this moment in your life. You are getting things done and not having to fight those crazy people in the doctor's office. (sigh) It sounds like things are going well with you. Even though you may get frustrated, you will not give up!!! (That is not in your mindset at all.) Keep that positive attitude and you will see how much improvement you have made.
    Please drop me a note and let me know your address or how I can get in touch with you, send you snail mail, etc. (facebook?)
    My prayers are with you daily, my friend. You are never far from my mind. I really miss you!!! Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
    Prayers, blessings and hugs,

    2317 days ago
  • _KATHY
    Belief in yourself may wane now and then. Seems like an appropriate feeling. But belief in you never does from your many friends who love you here on SP. I wish I could sit in your room and visit. I am there in spirit. I keep thinking of the positives in y our situation and how much better it is there than it was in your apartment. I know you will keep getting better and better
    2318 days ago
  • YMWONG22
    You are an inspiration. Stay positive and your condition will improve.
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    2318 days ago
    It's easy to get frustrated when you think about how far you have left to go, but I am impressed with how far you have come. Keep up the great work, and be proud of how hard you are working.
    2318 days ago
    You are so positive and have accomplished so much. Maybe they would let you bring in your sewing machine and teach others how to quilt! That would be so good for you! We are with you in our thoughts and prayers and encouraged for you to succeed! I know you will.
    2318 days ago
    Boy, I know I would be super frustrated too. But look at you and all you have accomplished so far! Just from reading your posts, I think you're doing well. And if your therapists tell you that you will walk again, then hang on to that, believe in it, 'see' it, and don't let it go. That's actually very exciting news! emoticon
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