Ken Summers's Journal
March 7, 2014
Written 12 hours ago by Ken Summers
Almost HomeTomorrow is my final therapy day and then home on Sunday. It has been good to be back at Northern Colorado Rehab Hospital. This is an excellent facility and with my knowledge of the staff is has been like “old home week.”
This afternoon was another good occupational therapy day..Barry my OT the last two days (pictured above) worked with me again on some of my shoulder muscles. I have worked with Barry before but this time around he seemed to be the real man of wisdom and insight into helping me focus on underdeveloped muscles. It is amazing how tired you can get when you engage dormant muscle groups. This is even without weights or that much resistance.
It has been interesting to see the muscle responses between my left and right side. For a long time I have just stated, “My left side is weaker than my right.”That is true for some movements and not for others. By the time we finished our hour long work out today, I think I had Barry scratching his head as to the response of my muscles and explaining the physiology behind why I could make various arm and shoulder movements. However, I do have a new set of exercises to incorporate into my home therapy.
Overall, I have been thinking about the work of the physical therapist and great job that they do with a wide range of medical issues. When I was Chair of the Health and Environment Committee in the State House I sponsored the Physical Therapist Practice Act. This was an update of the statutes governing the practice of physical therapy in Colorado. I was impressed about what I learned of the profession through that process,especially the need for an aging population. But I did not anticipate physical and occupational therapists being my life line to regaining my walking, level of physical activity and quality of life that I find myself in at this point. So hats off and blessings to those who are engaged in this important medical profession.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
For God will bringevery deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whetherit is good or evil”. Eccl. 12:13-14
These are the final verses of the Book of Ecclesiastes. I always find its pages filled with contemporary commentary about life. I guess it shows how little mankind has changed over thousands of years. The final chapter is a good and poignant summary of where the meaning of life is found. It begins with “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth…” and ends with the verses above. The best life, the fulfilling life is found in relationship with God through Jesus Christ.That is the story of the Bible. It is a life that is not be put off until the end of a “miserable life or a life of meaninglessness.” But when we trust the Lord with our life we find the meaning and purpose for our life that God intends.
PLEASE PRAY FOR…
All the details to be finalized for return home
Final day of therapy on Saturday
Continued improvement of medical condition as blood test results come in
Development of shoulder muscles
March 6, 2014
Written Mar 6, 2014 6:27pm by Ken Summers
Progress on the Long Road to Recovery
I had a productive day of therapy today. I walked with the walker more working on turns and the transition from a smooth to a carpeted surface. This afternoon I had a good occupational therapy session. Pastor Steve Harris came during this time and was able to observe the regimen that I can go through on the road to recovery.
It was interesting to work some muscles that I have not engaged in some time and to realize that while I am making progress on so many fronts that I have muscle groups that still need to be awaken and strengthened.These are specifically in my arms and shoulders. As Barry the OT worked with me and explained the muscle groups that needed to be strengthened it was an eye opener to me about all the therapeutic fronts that need to worked on.
In a way it could be viewed as discouraging, but in the boarder scope of a long road to recovery it shows how complicated the body is and how easy it is to compensate for various movements but doing so at the detriment of the development of important muscles.
It reminds me of how a young sibling can be delayed in talking because an older sibling is always telling mom and dad what little brother or sister want. Perhaps it can be slower development of motor skills in a young child because that child is being carried by parents or brothers and sisters and not being place in a position of going through the struggle to develop those muscles.
For me I have been focusing so much on my legs and walking, that I didn’t realize the weakness in my shoulders. I have made some progress which I am thankful for and I have learn how to compensate to get things done, but when challenged to use the proper motions or mechanics all of a sudden a dose of reality sets in.
I like Romans 12:3 the verses that lead into Paul’s teaching on spiritual gifts:
“Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us”
For me the bottom line is, if I don’t know where I need help, I can’t work on the deficiencies I have and develop the muscle strength and abilities that will bring me to wholeness. Spiritually speaking if we don’t have an attitude of humility and have an honest evaluation of our strengths and weaknesses God can’t use us to the degree that He would like. Our spiritual gifts become a source of pride or frustration because we don’t see the big picture.
I like to focus on progress and rejoice in what I can do.We all do. But if that is all we do without understanding the areas of our life or spiritual well-being or areas our physical bodies need to work on, we will short change ourselves. I have enjoyed bringing delight to my physical and occupational therapists as they have seen me “bounce back” from this “set back.”But my late afternoon session today was really the best of all this week. That is because I learned the areas that I still need to work on as I make progress on the road to full recovery.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…
The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matt. 23:11,12
PLEASE PRAY FOR…
- Progress in therapy
- Strength for arms and shoulders
- Protection from any falls
- Application of strategies to address areas of deficiencies
March 5, 2014
Written Mar 5, 2014 9:19pm by Ken Summers
Stronger Each Day
Today, I walked thirty feet with the walker. That is the longest distance that I have walked since going home on December 10th.I also was able to lift forty-five pounds on the triceps exercise machine(known as the rickshaw see picture above). This afternoon I worked on getting back into my wheelchair from a crawling position. The good news is that I was able to support myself on all fours, but I still have a long way to go before I am proficient at getting back into a chair by myself.
Overall, my assessment is that the end of this two weeks I will be able to return home ahead of where I was in my rehab process when this most recent health crisis hit. That is something that I did not anticipate. I know that Romans 8:28 that talks about “all things working together for good” is often misapplied and overused, but this circumstance seems to fit into that category.
The severity of the sepsis and the resulting physicalset back would have indicated that I had a lot of catching up to do. I am thankful that is not the way it is turning out. The excess weight from water retention has dissipated and my weight is 167 pounds.
In my youth there were two books of the Bible that I struggled with. One was Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament the other was Revelation in the New Testament. I have gained a better understanding and appreciation of both of these books. The Book of Ecclesiastes was always a challenge because of sorting out what were the frustrated ramblings and wrong conclusions about life and what were the principles that were reinforced by the general truth of the Bible.
What I have found is how current an Old Testament book can be. In its pages we find attitudes and perspectives that come down to our present day. Here is one for you to consider:
“Don’t ask, “Why were things better in the old days than they are now? It isn’t wisdom that leads you to ask this!” Eccl. 7:10 (GW)
Since Solomon lived some 900 years before Christ, what would be the context of the “old days?” The days of King David? The days of King Saul? Both of these had their share of war and a dysfunctional royal family.
Are the old days for us the days of the Great Depression? World War II? The 1950’s? Someone once said that those who long for the “good ole days” suffer from a bad memory. Certainly times have changed and values have changed along with those changing times. One thing remains constant and that is the truth of God's Word, our trust in God and the priority of the family as the primary instructor in godliness and spiritual truth. It is true that the culture in general in the past was more affirming of faith and “Biblical” values. That environment allowed many to take for granted that children would walk in the “fear and admonition” of the Lord.
The Book of Judges chronicles the time when Israel was to take possession of the Promised Land. However one of the saddest verses of the Bible is found in Judges 2:10…
"After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel."
Back in the earliest days of Israel’s history was a failure of passing the faith from one generation to the next. The admonition of Moses in Deuteronomy 6 was ignored. The result was idolatry, being sidelined and sucked up by the prevailing culture and as a result, “everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)
In our day of cultural relativism that is the message that we find on a consistent basis. So what we find is that much of what we see in our world today is not new to humanity. But it should serve as a reminder for us to know that there is a truth to be followed and guiding principles for our life that can be found in God’s Word. The challenge is for parents to be the guardians of passing of a spiritual heritage to the next generation. It is a challenging world out there handle with prayer!
Thank you for your continued prayers for my recovery and strength. If parents of young children and teens would like help in passing on the faith to their children check out Kirk Weaver’s Family Time Training at www.famtime.com