Occupational therapy came today. I do upper body/arm exercises with them. Today it
seemed as if we breezed through them quickly and didn’t have to rest as often and wasn’t huffing and puffing like last week. So I am improving and getting stronger each time. It is exciting to know.
My day is very small now. I get to sleep and rest at night, and then I get up for breakfast and prepare for therapy. My focus is getting stronger again and to be able to walk a little. I started walking across the kitchen on Sunday, only managing about 6 steps, but each days progress makes me able to do more.
I can’t look too far ahead though, or it will get overwhelming again. I still wonder how I will be able to get up and down at night to go to the bathroom since I still can’t get out of my bed without help. Walking to the bathroom is manageable, walking from the bathroom to the bed more difficult, but I can tell knees are stronger as they are not buckling all the time as they were beginning to do.
After I regain what I lost the old problems will still be there. I am healing from a dislocated shoulder. I still have bone spurs in the knees preventing me from straightening the legs. I still need two knee replacements. I still have lymphedema. I still have a weak bladder. Otherwise, I’m healthy. Sounds funny? I had a job before Tuesday May 27th when I got up and was unable to transfer from my office chair to the loveseat…I was unable to get up by myself. Such sudden inability to do what I previously could do has been a shock and a great adjustment. I have the name of a high-risk orthopedic surgeon. I’m going to the doctor next week to have my catheter checked out. After that…the path is totally unclear I have to rely on God to direct this journey because the steps ahead are totally hidden. If you are a praying person…add me to your prayer list…I can use all the support I can get. Thanks and see you next time I have an update.