I'm back! Sorry to leave everyone out of the loop...

It's been a while since my last post, I apologize for going off the grid. These last couple of weeks things of really been going very well and I'm very pleased with almost everything right now. I hope it all keeps improving. I've been dealing with some minor infection since my last post and I treated it, but I'm not worried about it. I get staff infection in my bladder occasionally and I believe it was causing increased spacticity and some other health problems but those seem to be getting under control now that I've taken a course of antibiotics. I feel like I'm finally getting warmed up to my work out routine. My energy is so low and just getting through my therapies takes everything I got but it's getting easier and I'm adding more to it all the time. Mytherapy sessions at Pioneer Ridge are going very well. Today I went for 30 minutes on the hand cycle, that's a new record, I'm standing consistently without nose drops so that's good. I occasionally need a little boost but most the time I can do it without the meds. I'm getting stronger with my transfers, I often get stuck and need some help but as long as the conditions are perfect I can do a transfer almost by myself. The main issues I need help with are placing the transfer board and managing my feet during the transfer. I'm so lucky to be getting all the therapy I am at Pioneer Ridge. I really really enjoy working with Kim and Angela as you guys know but I also work with the new guy name Ryan and there's a student named Dan that I've spent quite a bit of therapy time with lately. They are both really great to work with, Ryan and Dan have been a great job of picking up on Kim and Angela's best assets and they both think outside the box and come up with new and challenging exercises for me. The therapy gym at Pioneer Ridge is such a positive environment. I feel it's very easy to be successful around there and all the therapist get along really well. Everybody pushes everybody else to try to get better. I'm finally back on pool therapy three times a week I'm very excited to get back to work with Jeremy and Chelsea. I have a great time in the water and they always push me to be better, on the downside I've lost some strength and I'm quite a bit weaker than last time I finished pool therapy. I believe I was bench pressing the 12 pound ball multiple times my new max is 2 pounds three times - very disappointing and deflating. I worked so hard to get my bench press stronger and I did a good job for a while but being down for surgery really took the strength out of me. I'm set up with Diana doing hand therapy and I'm so lucky to have another awesome amazing therapist I get to work with. I really love my sessions with her,I have the best group of therapists that anyone could ever ask for but then again if I didn't like them I'd f*cking fire 'em! So everything is going well like I said I'm slowly rebuilding my program and getting stronger. My home help has been doing pretty well and other than the bout with my bladder infection most things seem to be coming around. My blood pressure is still f*cking ridiculous, there's no other way to put that, but I'm working with it and finding out how I can best manage it. I'm sleeping decently most nights and even better than that sometimes but still struggling with some spasticity and muscle tightness at night. Some of the discomfort is directly related to my workout routine some of which is still somewhat mysterious. All in all I'm in pretty good shape for the shape I'm in. My great grandpa comes to visit me in therapy several times a week and I enjoy getting to chat with him, he has his good days and is bad but every time I see him I have to remind them of the fact that the love of his life has passed away. Most times he seems to be doing pretty well but I know he's going through a tough time in his life and I wish there was more I can do for him, we all do, but everybody has to grieve in their own way and I don't think there's any right or wrong way to deal with losing your wife of nearly 80 years. The rest of family seems to be doing very well, my cousin Mandy had a scary little emergency surgery but she's doing much better, my aunt wrecked her car during the snow apocalypse but I think everything is going to be alright there. I got to attend my cousin Connor's basketball game a few weeks ago and he scored 18 points in the first half alone. It was so much fun watching my cousin Connor dominate that game and something tells me he'll be playing ball after high school. Enzo is such a treat as always and is the pride of the family. He brings us all so much joy and Brityn and Steve are doing an incredible job of making sure I get to see him and be a part of his life. They have really worked very hard to get down here to Lawrence on a regular, almost weekly basis. I rarely go up to Lee's Summit, with everything that I have going on it would be pretty difficult for me to get up there but it can't be any easier for them with a one-year-old. Either way I wanted them to know how much I appreciate all the hard work and their effort to make me a part of my nephews life. My home health is pretty much set up but I'm always looking for new candidates so if anybody has someone the would like to recommend I'm all ears. Overall things are positive and I feel like I'm moving forward. As usual nothing happens fast enough but it's all moving in the right direction, I think that's the gist of it for now I'll try not to wait so long before I post again. Thanks for your patience and sticking with me.

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