Post Edited (LanieG) : 1/10/2008 7:23:45 PM (GMT-7)
Your attitude is such an inspration to me. I have shared copies of your posts with a good friend whose father is facing double amputation. She is so worried about him becoming more of an invalid than he already is. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
Just Checking in Again,
I had a little set back earlier this week. I slipped getting out of my wheelchair when I was using the restroom and hit one of my stumps pretty hard and spiltting out a few stiches at the same time. The staff doctor at the home looked it over and put in about ten new stiches and said it would be fine except I'd probably have some bruising from falling. That was Monday. Today I'm doing fine. My leg I bumped seems to be none the worse for the smack it took other than a small bruise according to the nurse when she changed my bandages this morning. The doctor told me I should have waited for some help from the staff but they are always busy and I needed to use the restroom very badly. Some days it's like a zoo around here. I'll be glad when they let me go home. They pushed the date back a little to sometime in mid February which I am not to happy about. Things aren't so bad here at the home. There are lots of people to talk to. Mostly older folks, so we don't have a lot in common. My family and friends come and visit very often which I enjoy very much. My husband told me last night that the contractor finished the ramp and a few other minor modifications in the house to make it easier for me when I come home. I can't wait. Talk to you later.
I had another inccident this week that really made me think about my eyes. I won't be able to see my eye doctor until I get out of the home in another couple of weeks. I am doing well except for the fact that I spent part of two days this past week almost totally blind not for real in that sense). I was getting into my wheelchair from my bed and my glasses fell off my face onto the floor. In my attempt to retrieve them I ran over them with my wheelchair. So much for the glasses. about that time a nurses aide came in and picked up all the pieces for me. Now I am legally blind, even with my glasses on. I manage OK with my glasses, but without them I couldn't see much of anything very well. Everything was very fuzzy. I couldn't make out things much more than ten or fifteen feet away. If this is anything like what being blind is like I hope the doctors can do something for my eyes when I see him in February. This happened Tuesday morning and my husband needed to go and get me some new glasses. He ordered them Tuesday night after work, but they weren't ready until mid day on Thursday. I was so happy when he showed up at supper time on Thursday with my new glasses. I could see again. Now I can at least see as well as before. I know when I see the eye doctor I will probably need new lenses again as these glasses were made off my old prescription from six or seven months ago and my eyes have changes a little since that.
I look forward to going home about February 10th., although it scares me some to know I'll need to manage at home by myself while my husband is at work. I will have some help for a couple of hours during the day for at least the first couple of weeks, it can be extended if needed. The home arranged for some help from the county for an aide to stop and help me with whatever I need help with that day. This will be a big help in getting back into things at home again.
Haven't had access to computer in a while. My son was supposed to come Sunday and bring his laptop, but it didn't work out. He came to visit but forgot his laptop at home in his haste to come visit me before he went to a super bowl party. My husband visits everyday, but he has no laptop computer as my son does. My son stopped by this morning because I kinda nagged him into bringing his laptop over and spend some time here visiting me. I look forward to going home sometime next week. The doctor told me sometime around the tenth, but one of the nurses at the home said it couldn't be before the 11th. as they don't ussually discharge patients on the weekend.
What's left of my legs continue to heal very well without any problems. They have had me doing some modified pullups while sitting in my wheelchair to stregthen my arms and upper body muscles so I can transfer from my chair easier. I never have had a lot of upper body strength in the past, but you'd be surprised on how three or four weeks of exercise can build them up. I can lift myself up with my arms now to get out of my chair and use the bathroom or get into bed by myself. This is something I could barely do a month ago. It keeps getting easier all the time. It's something I need to master as I will be doing it for the rest of my life. Even if I'm lucky enough to be able to be fitted with prosthethic legs in a few months, something the doctors have called doubtfull or at least very optimistic at this time, I know I will always need to use my wheelchair alot, if not all of the time.
A couple of the aides and orderlies have started calling me Legless Linda. It was started as a joke but the nic name as kinda stuck. Afterall I have no legs any more and my name is Linda. I didn't like it at first, but they didn't mean any harm by it so I told them it was OK. Even my son kidded me about when he heard one of the aides call me that last week. Everything else is going pretty well and I really look forward to going home sometime next week.
Dear Wheelchair Bound,I just saw your post and had to tell you how much I admire you. What a strong person you are and your attitude is outstanding. My neice had a leg amputated due to diabetes years back and she did very well. She just got out and went. Reading your story makes me so thankful for the good things in life.Hearing the support and love your family has for you is touching and I am so glad you are getting the best Valentine ever...........going home.BLess you and my prayers are being offered for all the people who suffer with this disease.