As the days go by and I realize how far I have come, and how much further I have yet to go, I dream of designs for a tattoo for the knee. To avoid the appearance of a giant millipede crawling up my leg - or enhance it?
Family and staff had a care conference today to go over what has been going on, introduce all the parties, get questions answered and concerns addressed. My stay at Glade Valley has been approved through March 15th, so BlueCross must feel I am making sufficient progress to justify the stay, and am not yet ready to be released without the very real risk of further injury. I heartily concur with this assessment, We did find out that the best we can hope for is a few days notice for a release date, that it is not unheard of for 24 hours notice. The OT staff here is interested in doing a home visit, but want to wait till they feel confidant I can do stairs.
Today I walked on crutches twice, both times for 30 feet. I say walked but this is not the free swinging move you may have seen others use. This is the "move the crutches out a bit and hop the leg out to them" move. I'm just not certain enough of my balance and strength yet to go further. We also worked on range of motion of the knee - whew, that took it out of me. I'm sure there is a lot of scar tissue in there to break up, and some very stiff muscles.
I have bumped the leg a few times and been reminded of just what I'm dealing with.
Keith has been working on the house quite a bit, and with Felicia, Paul and Cam's help this past weekend got quite a bit accomplished. He is planning to work on it this weekend as well as he is concerned that it be ready to move in when I get released. If you are interested in helping out please let him know. He is the first to admit that he does poorly at coordinating a lot of folks with a lot of work, so if you have specific skills you would like to offer that would be helpful information for him. firstname.lastname@example.org
I am working although it goes more slowly than I had thought it would. This is due in part to computer glitches, and in part to body hitches. I am learning that when it comes to therapy you can really wear yourself out in just an hour. I had thought that while I might have a sore muscle I would still be able to work. This is not always true I have discovered. There are times when the best I can do is try to find a position where the ice pack stays where needed while the pain eases. I keep plugging along though.
Some folks will be coming out this Saturday to Walkersville to play board games starting around 1pm and continuing till somewhere around 9pm. It's nice to get some mental stimulation and a slew of visitors as well. Any and all are welcome.
Well, I think that's it for the updates. Hope you all are well and enjoying the adventure you are on.