Carol Lindenbaum's Journal
This is my swan song-the last posting
Written Sep 29, 2013 1:30pm by Carol and David LindenbaumI've had an unbelievable year by the grace of God. I have walked with a walker at therapy and in our community up to 500 feet in a session, and tried walking with two canes at therapy. It was a little scary, but I did a short distance ! I am so happy with my progress, and I am smiling alot.
We are very excited to be the proud grandparents of our first grandson, Guy Foerster, born to Lauren and Mark on August 12th. So we now have a little guy to carry on the Lindenbaum name. We are blessed to have the grand kids only10 minutes from our Atlanta home.
I now have a weekday off when I can have a massage, manicure, hair styling and lunch out with friends. It's nice to be able to do some things beside therapy.
David and I have enjoyed seeing friends socially and dining out. We had our 42nd anniversary dinner out at our favorite restaurant earlier this month.
I am thankful that our son Todd came to Atlanta on business and was able to spend some quality time with us last week. Josh comes in next week for his 20th high school reunion, so we are looking forward to some fun during his visit next weekend.
We and the rest of the family will go to Boca Grande for five days at Thanksgiving. It should be a blast and we will have so much for which to be thankful. We are hoping that therapies and caregivers can be arranged in Florida so we can return to that wonderful paradise by the end of the year. I look forward to seeing our Florida friends who have been so supportive, and gaining back that portion of my life.
Deepest thanks to all of you who kept me in your prayers. Life is good!!
Love to all, Carol
Nearing One Year
Written Jul 29, 2013 8:00pm by Carol and David LindenbaumAs we approach the one year anniversary of my recovery in a couple of weeks, I am thankful to God for giving me the courage to meet each day; although some are better than others. The other gift is my loving husband, David who is my knight in shining armor. (She MADE me type this!) He encourages me every day in special ways. I am so blessed. The last month has been very tiring, but I am seeing lots of progress. Thanks to Project Walk-Atlanta, I increased my strength to the point where I can transfer from my wheelchair by standing under my own power with someone supporting me for balance. Last week Tony had me stand in place for several minutes without holding onto anything. He, Pierre and Hailey also had me on a new machine similar to a elliptical trainer with electrodes attached to my legs to stimulate the muscles. Katy at The Shepherd Center is still working with me on the Lokomat, and testing me with a Bioness L300 leg stimulation device that works like my arm therapy devices. It has helped straighten my right leg, correcting the "drop-foot" problem; and to determine if I might walk more normally in the future. Today I used a conventional walker for the first time to walk a total of 300 feet. Darcy is working with me to improve the use of my hands, and I am able to do more things for myself. We also had some fun -celebrating July 4th with some friends, saw a couple of good movies, and I had a visit from two lifelong girlfriends last weekend. We had lots of fun doing "girl" things. Also Lucy was here with her parents one day for a tea party with the new set that Grammy got her, and then we went to lunch. She is a doll! David and I are looking forward to a visit from college friends on Saturday, and traveling to the Greenbrier Resort to meet some friends for some R&R early next month. And of course, we are excited about Lucy having a baby brother in mid-August! I want to give special credit to my caregiver team- Ryan (manager), Coral, Jennifer, Meredith,Tiffany and Susan. David and I have great appreciation, because without them I would not be where I am today. We have come a long way in the last year because of your support and expressions of love-- here, in personal notes, in visits, and emails. Thank you.Since my progress is steady but slow now, I have decided to wait until the end of September for my next posting. I send my best wishes for a good remainder of the summer. From Dave- Carol's incredible recovery is an example to how one may overcome overwhelming circumstances with great faith, loving support of caregivers, family and friends, exceptional medical resources, and sheer determination! To the many hundreds of you who follow Carol's site ,and have given of yourselves to help her, it is impossible to express what this means to me and the rest of our family. We still have a good distance to travel in the journey, but the momentum you have provided carries us to the next milepost. No matter where the recovery ends, we will always be grateful for the contribution you have made to Carol's and my recovery during the last 11 and 1/2 months. Love, Carol and David
Another Good Month
Written Jun 30, 2013 8:20pm by Carol and David Lindenbaum
Today I walked up three steps into Mark and Lauren's new home with David's help which was exciting for all of us!
First I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart everyone who made a gift to Project Walk for Saba's recovery. She is making progress and now has enough funding for 7 months! Her mother blew me kisses from across the room when I was working out last week.
It was a very busy and encouraging month when I walked up to 750 feet with a few rest stops in the walking frame at Project Walk-Atlanta , and did a lot of core and arm strengthening exercises. I also started attending The Shepherd Center Lokomat walking training, and occupation therapy to assist with my hands and arms. I am in various therapies Monday through Friday, but I have a couple of afternoons free. I think the acupuncture and deep tissue hand massage are helping too because I am writing better and can now lift small things with my right hand.
My sister June and her husband Peter visited a couple of weeks ago and we had a nice time going out to dinner and attending a new church that I like.
Later this month I am looking forward to a visit from three high school friends from Cincinnati. We should have lots of fun "girl time".
David and I have been having some fun going out to movies, dinner and to visit some friends. He even took me to the mall to wheel around and do some shopping! It's nice to be back in the real world.
I have been in recovery for more than 10 months and all of my therapists are very encouraged. David says it is remarkable because the doctors in Switzerland said the chances of my getting out of a wheel chair were slim.
I know God is still giving me the strength and courage every day and I am so thankful for my family's friends' and caregivers support and prayers. I am blessed!
Carol and David