Cheryl’s Story

Site created on April 4, 2018

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Journal entry by Cheryl & Ron Reissmann

I seemed to nap a lot the first week home and never quite got all my exercises done every day.  I kept Ron pretty busy helping me out.  I definitely did my walking because my goal was to drive one hour to Beaver Dam on Saturdsay, May 5.  The plan was to watch Tyler's baseball game and meet up with Carey who flew in from Maui for a vacation(and to help out).  I practiced driving in a parking lot and around our neigborhood.  After my outpatient PT appt, I drove up to OO on 441 and felt good about being a capable driver.  It was so much fun watching a ball game and being out in the sun.  I realized I do need to be mindful of too much activity or I get tired and can get cranky.  I am now on the low end of normal for anemia so still will be taking an iron tablet for awhile.  Carey went to the 2nd PT appt with me so she is my "trainer" right now making sure I do the exercies correctly.  There is a lot to remember, even just in walking: hips forward, tighten abdominal muscles, stand up straight, slow down and walk like the bride down the aisle!  I will miss her prompts when she flies home on Wednesday so Ron may need to take over.  I've been wearing a electrical device 2 hours a day since I got home that stimulates bone growth in the fusion.  I check back in with the surgeon on Friday so hope I can have a couple of restrictions lifted(no twisting or bending).  

I want to thank everyone for all prayers, well wishes and help that has been given to us.  You can't imagine how much it has been appreciated.
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