Recent health problems have taken me to home health care once again. I had it for a short time 6 years ago when I was recovering from a severe case of cellulitis that required some supervision and care after I left the hospital.
This time, I am seeing nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. It has been a traumatic time for someone who has been healthy despite fighting obesity. My normal health issues were all attributed to aging and/or arthritis. I started taking drugs for an overactive/leaky bladder…not crucial, just annoying.
I have bone spurs in my knees which crept up on me over time without my noticing until I one day couldn’t straighten my knees very much. How did I not notice? I had been progression from a cane to a walker to a wheelchair over a long period of time and I was always sitting down with the knees bent most of the time.
Then I discovered the deterioration and change from cane to walker etc. was not just because of the bent knees but because I needed two knee replacements.
As time passed, my mobility got gradually worse and one day I woke up and wasn’t able to get up by myself any longer. Hence, the home health care and therapy.
This is just a shout out and note of appreciation to my home health care. I have seen many nurses, as they come once a week to check me out and take vitals. I have seen a physical therapy supervisor who evaluates my needs once a month and an occupational therapy supervisor who did the same. Then I have had a physical therapist 3 times a week and an occupational therapist 2 times a week, I even had a middle of the night emergency and a visit from a nurse. I am just so pleased and thankful for all of these professionals in my life. They have all been kind, courteous, understanding, and willing to listen and encourage and even pray with me when I needed it. They are compassionate and have listened when I needed to cry. I can’t praise them enough. They have made a frightening and overwhelming change in my life much better and I greatly appreciate them all. They are a wonderful part of this journey…and the journey continues…