Leslie at Rehab

Leslie at Rehab
Enough with the brace! Here's mah Kitteh!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday andThings that go bump

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. keithwins@gmail.com

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.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Wow, tried crutches today - bit unsteady (OK, really unsteady when stepping). Sure not ready to depend upon them.

Shirt Found!!!

The dance shirt was found! It had fallen out of laundry bag in closet. Not sure how it happened, but it's been found. Yay!!!! And I am reminded to not make assumptions about anything!

Monday, March 5, 2012

More Monday Musings

Today started with some heavy therapy, an hour of weights and endurance for the arms and shoulders. This was followed very quickly by PT having me use the walker to walk from near my room to the therapy room. Seems like I might be developing tendonitis in the right shoulder. Thankfully tomorrow has short therapy sessions separated by hours. Ah well, I'll keep plugging along. The leg and the arms are getting stronger, but I expect to be here for another month at least.

My sister, nephew, and her boyfriend were down to help Keith work on the house. Her report indicates a lot of work needs to be done before the house will be ready for me. Keith is working hard but as with many home projects you seem to take two steps backward for any planned step forward. It is also an old house so each bit of work takes 2 to 3 times longer than you would anticipate. So it's a good thing that I'll be here for a bit.

One bit of sad news is the disappearance of the dance tank Penelope gave me. I have a friend who has offered to do my laundry from hereon to prevent further disappearances. I suspect the shirt ended up going home with someone as it would be rather obvious if worn here that it was my shirt.

Happy notes - found out that we have access to a microwave. So, once we get the popcorn my roomie and I can have a night at the movies. We watched Alice in Wonderland (new version) last night which started the round of questions and plans. They have some big screen TV's here, perhaps we'll get around to organizing a night at the movies for a number of folks. See what we can get away with. :-)

Hope all is going well out there. Saw posts on some great dancing over this past weekend, as well as some great gaming. I know lots of my friends had some good times relaxing. I look forward to joining in later this year.