Yay! I am at home on my computer and it is a beautiful day!
This was my first ever rickshaw ride. It is a wonderful thing to have strong relatives around in a crisis.
Thankfully, Sharice is now able to walk without crutches.
I fainted when I tried to stand on my broken leg for the first time at CDH. I am hoping that I looked as graceful as Marie Osmund. It did earn me a lot of extra attention and heart monitors and an EKG so now I know for sure that my heart is fine but I am a wuss for pain.
I nearly hyperventilated on my way to my first physical therapy session at MJ because of fear—not pain.
The PTs at MJ are not fiends that delight in causing pain as I had pictured in my head. Neither is the therapy gymnasium a torture chamber. Whew!
Yay! The PTs at MJ are kind, compassionate and encouraging.
I liked MJ lots—breakfast in bed, my call button, my wheelchair pushers, my therapy, seeing progress and falling asleep to the Olympics every night!
For real . . . various people at CDH and MJ called me young!
Even though I am a bit inept in recognizing fashion, I am pretty sure sturdy shoes that I need to wear for the next six weeks are not trendy.
And although Bob cheers for the White Sox, my compulsory white sox are less than desirable.
I really like my picker upper tool that I received from MJ PT. I dropped my contact lens and using my new tool, I picked it up and put it in some saline solution and put it in my eye and it worked great!
I thought it was pretty cool how my PT could tell if I was putting too much weight on my bad leg. I wore a Velcro boot with a teeny scale in it and with each step she called out the poundage.
At home, the first time I went to the bathroom, I was reminded of that poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, “I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me. . .” But the truth is, I am very thankful for Bob’s cheerful, willing help! He’s the best!
It is almost a 5K from our family room to the bathroom.
No, I do not have much pain. My hands and upper arms are sore! They are not used to lifting weights.
Today I was reminded of this encouraging verse from Isaiah 40:31.
Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
CDH: Central DuPage Hospital
MJ: Marianjoy Rehabilitation Facility
PT: Physical therapy or Physical therapist