Progress Update #6
Monday, March 13, 2017
I walked outside with just a cane (plus my therapist and a safety belt) today! I walked one block and was huffing, puffing and waddling on the way back. This upset me greatly. My therapist reassured me that it quite normal and by next week it will be much better. I am still bending at 107 degrees which is pretty good too. I couldn't believe how tired I got and winded , just by walking one block! Yikes! I have some serious work to do.
My wounds are the big hold up and they continue to heal rather slowly. The wound nurse was pleased with the healing on the open wound on my bottom but the hard lumps from the healing under the surface of the skin are still there. They are a little smaller but have a way to go. The wounds behind my knee are coming along. The biggest section has healed from a starting point of over eleven inches down to just over four inches. These used to be an inch and a half wide and are now only half an inch wide. If that seems like it was a huge wound originally, you're right, it was. Anytime you have a wound that causes medical people to take a picture and send it to their main office and your doctor's office, you know it isn't good news. It gets in the way of progress because if it is stressed, it opens and that creates another problem.
The good news is that the pain and respiratory issues have killed my appetite because of nausea. The bad news is that I have to force feed to get enough protein in order to heal. The thought of food, any food, just turns my stomach most of the time. Nothing tastes good. I have lost 20 of the 35 pounds I gained, from medication and fluid build up, without really trying. I'm sure the lack of appetite is only temporary. LOL