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January
31
2019

We Are Blessed

Over the last three weeks, a friend from church organized meals for us. Our days have been filled with therapy and doctor appointments, practicing the therapy exercises, plus the regular household chores.  By dinner  time, we were too tired to think about planning and prepping a healthy meal. Cheese and crackers or popcorn was all we could handle.  Our friend,  Helen,  found volunteers who made sure a hot, home cooked meal arrived every other day at our door. They made generous portions so our freezer is full for another two weeks.  We are blessed to be part of a caring church family with many great cooks! 

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January
31
2019

Busted free of the Wheelchair

Today we went in for xrays to look at progress.  I have been in a wheelchair since December 6 and can now park it!  Many thanks to our friends, the Hudsons, who loaned us their chair.  I have been using the walker more at home.  It's much faster and easier to get around inside with.  Now, it's officially in writing, I can begin to use light toe touch with the walker and increase amount of weight  over the next 3 weeks till the next xrays when I should be able to walk with just a cane.  WhooooHoooo!

January
12
2019

I've Been Home 2 Weeks

I've been home two weeks with my dearest caregiver, Sonny. He's most patient, even with the less desirable tasks. I am able to manage the wheel chair around the house and have begun using a walker for short periods each day. I've had therapy evaluations and exercises to work on every day. An aide comes to help with showers plus PT plus OT 2 x a week and Dr appointments.  The neurologist wants me to see a cardiologist to see if it can be determined what causes my bouts of low blood pressure. That appt is at the end of the m todayonth. 

We are thankful that our church friends activated the cook's group who prepare a meal and deliver it every other day. Sonny has his hands full with all the chores times two. By dinnertime, we'd are hungry but not in the mood to think about planning a meal. For the next two weeks, all Sonny has to do is turn on the oven and dinner is ready. What a blessing!

Our plans for a winter trip to the warm South are on hold till I'm in better shape for travel. For now, we'll keep warm by the fire.
December
29
2018

I'm Going Home!

After 26 days in rehab, I plan to go home tomorrow! I will be wheel chair bound at least until my next orthopedic appointment on Jan 9. I don't have any pain, thankfully, but am not weightwe 76th bearing on my right leg, yet. The greater concern right now is my fluctuating blood pressure.  Generally, it is too low. I am waiting for an appointment with a cardiologist to follow up.
 
Sonny has rented a hospital bed, purchased and installed grab bars at key points in the house, installed a ramp in the garage so I can get into the house and visited every day bringing coffee treats.  We'll both be glad to resume something of our regular routine. The care here has been good but home is better.  Next week, Home Health services will visit  and make therapy plans.

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, visits, cards, flowers and treats. They helped me to bear living in confinement.

December
23
2018

Using Transportation in a Wheelchair

On Tuesday, we got to experience riding the Center bus to the Dr office in a wheel chair.   We were told to to be at  the front desk 30 min ahead of time to board. 15 min later, we were still hanging in the    lobby.  Finally, the bus shows up, takes the lift down and I get rolled on. However, the lift hydraulics didn't work so the driver had to pump the lift up and down. in the wind and rain. I was glad I had my warm jacket and hat.  The Dr office was only 5 min away, so it  was a short trip.The driver pushed me to registration  and  I got checked in.  The driver stayed in the lobby and waited for us.  How nice!
So, I was ready for the next bus ride by myself to the Dr.  Sonny had his own appointment at the eye dr. I got myself to the front desk and waited.  The first bus arrived and I wheeled out to hear the driver say "this isn't your ride."   A few minutes later, the Center van arrived and the driver loaded me on just as the Access Bus pulled in. My driver decided I was supposed to be on that bus so off I go to now a third driver.  We get on the road and I try to ask the driver if he will wait for me or should I call or ?  He seemed ti be put out by those questions, saying he wasn't waiting or coming back.  "So, how do I get back?"  He said he had no idea what the schedule was so I was on my own.  He did wheel me to registration grudgingly.  After my appointment, I talked with the desk girls who called the Access dispatch who said there was a 50 min window for pick-up.   In the meantime, Sonny had returned to my room and I wasn't there so he drove to the building.  After he arrived, an Access bus arrived but it wasn't the one for me.  Finally, another one arrived who recognized my name, and I  was able to get on board. It was an exhausting adventure. Yesterday, we were scheduled for the van to go see the Ortho DR. Since I was able transfer from bed to wheelchair, the PT folks had spent some time practicing transfer from chair to our (new to us 2017) mini van.  We canceled the Access bus and went on our own.  Afterwards, we took a little spin around town to see Christmas lights.  It was hard to go back to rehab so Sonny took me to Mac Donald's drive through for junk food dinner.  I have a new appreciation for folks who are wheelchair bound.  

The Ortho Dr took new xrays and pointed our where the break is since no one talked with us when I was at the hospital. The fractures are barely visible and I don't have any pain so I was expecting to be able to be weight bearing but, no.  The Dr said 8-12 WEEKS off that foot.  This didn't seem to be as bad as the break in 2006 but I guess it was.  We go back in 3 weeks for new xrays and maybe will push the 8 weeks back to 6.  In the meantime, there is PT at the rehab.  Mastering a walker is next and building up arm muscles.  I plan to move home by the 29th and continue with Home Health help.  We purchased a 10' ramp for the garage entrance  Home Health will do an assessment of our house to see that it is safe enough.  We already have shower bars, toilet bars, a railing for the bed and a Lazy Boy chair and hope we don't have to rent a hospital bed I like the adjustable bed for moving the heads up & down.

December
17
2018

It's Been a Week at Life Care

Two weeks ago,I tripped and fell on my
R leg, same one as 2006. After my knee swelled, I hitched a ride to St. Anthony"s in Gig Harbor. A week ago,  I was transferred to Life Care for rehab. I am having OT and PT. There is progress but not weight bearing.Yesterday , I was cleared to transfer to the bed or toilet without an aid standing by. One smal step.... Still not weight bearing but I lifted leg weights in PT today.

Sonny had been researching mini vans since the Jeep is a high step to get into. He had appointments with 2 dealerships and came to show me our new to us (2017) Dodge. It was dark so I didn't see much. The sales rep came, too with paperwork for me to sign.

We will see the orthopedic dr finally on Wed. Hopefulluy, the plan will to go home before 
Christmas and have home health service

Thank you for your prayers and good wihes. They are working!

December
10
2018

The Number 7

Good morning,
The nurse says it's 28* b==rrr.Glad to have my warm fleece prayer shawl. So, the number 7 has been a lucky number most of the time for us.I think we met on the 7th, we married in the 7th month, we dated 7 years before Sonny came to Seattle, our wedding day, 21st, is divisible by 7, I was teaching in Room 7 my last 2 years of public school to name a few. It continues with now living in Room 17 at Life Care, hopefully for the short term of, maybe 17 days! I'd be home for Christmas and the pretty lights on our deck.

December
10
2018

The Move

Last Wed, the duty Dr said I could go home. We still hadn't seen the ortho guy so We opted to stay one more day. Plus we had to make decisions about what the next steps would be. On Thurs, things came togeher in late afternoon. I had an ambulance ride with very little heat. I was in a semi private room, 3-1. I was thinking about my first nights in a college dorm so many years ago. How bad could this be? Well, dinner arrived on a tray. It was the all white meal- cauliflower, Mac withs bits of Hamburg on a white  plate. There was a small salt packet which I used.   My roommate kept the tv on 24/7 with volumn on loud low. The hallway was noisey all night long, too. Wake up began at 6 am and a tray with breakfast arrived. I'm not really sure what was on the plate.  There was toast and maybe hash? I didn't feel like eating so it went away. Then there was a fire drill making meds late. When Sonny came we started asking when we're going to move. Fortunately , it was written down somewhere cos the admin person we had arranged with wasn't at work.Finally had a shower on Sat, felt so good. Got my own place , now, though out of the way. A couple of times I had to wheel myself into the hall to get attention. Yesterday, they thought I needed more fluids (when I'm peeing every 2 hours, really??) Hooked me up to another set of wheels to follow me around all day. On top of potty stops, the tubing leaked so my shirt was all wet.
 
Are we having fun, yet?!!😊Really, the staff seem to care and are friendly. There are at least 3 activities a day and my new room is huge with a view (of a vine covered fence) .  I can see sunshine and greenery.  I am blessed to have a warm bed and food during the frosty time outside.