I have been home from the home a week and a half now and am doing quite well. I am adjusting to getting around my home using my wheelchair and the lift that was installed. The ramp that was installed works quite well. I have used it several times and I can get up and down pretty easily. A little trouble when we had a couple inches of snow and I needed to go to the doctor on Thursday. It was a little icy. My husband forgot about my doctor appointment and went off to work. When the medi van came to pick me up the driver needed to help me. When I vivited the doctor he said my blood sugars had been doing very good ever since my surgery 12/27/2007. They have been running no higher than 115 to 120. Most of the time they are closer to 100. This new experimental drug that he has me on seems to be working great. They have me checking them three times a day right now and keeping track of them. Too bad it wasn't available before my surgery. The doctor has me on some program where I don't know the name of my drug as yet and only half the people are getting the real thing. I can't say forsure what I'm on, but it sure seems to be working. My eye appointment is this Friday. I think I may need a new prescription, but my vision hasn't gotten any worse in the past three months. I'll just have to wait and see what the eye doctor says. I'll keep in touch.
I have some good news from the eye doctor. He said my eyes hadn't changed much if any since he saw be back in early November 2007 before I lost my legs. He says while my eyes aren't great by any means, I am currentely classified as legally blind even with my glasses they could be much, much worse. I can't make out much of anything over twenty feet away clearly and the bright sun or brigh lights makes it worse. Up close things aren't to bad when I wear my glasses. I can see to type and read larger print, although sometimes too much reading makes my eyes sore. I can see OK to get around my house OK. He said there are several procedures that could help my eyes actually get better. He said he would like to check them again in about sixty days to see if they have changed at all before he decides. He said that will give him time to figure out which procedure is best for me. He wanted to talk with my doctor I see for my diabetes and consult one of his colleagues before he decides for sure. He told me that with the surgery I wouldn't need to try to navigate the halls in the medical building or any place else pushing myself in my wheelchair and trying to use my white cane so I don't bump into things. I have a problem seeing in very bright lights and even though it was cloudy that day outside the lights in the building were very bright and bothered my eyes. For now he gave me a new prescription for my lenses that will help me in the mean time. That all happened 2/29/2008. My new glasses should be ready by Monday or Tuesday at the latest. Hopefully they will help until I can get the eye surgery. The eye doctor is looking at eye surgery for sometime in late May if everything works out like he thinks. He said it's possible with this surgery that my vision could improve enough so I would no longer be considered legally blind with glasses. He said not to get excited about it yet as things can change and they will most likely not become good enough for me to ever drive a car again. That would be pretty hard for me anyways since you need legs to drive a normal car. I'm not worried about driving anyways. My husband takes me where I need to go. or I can call the medi-van service if I need to. It's not all that hard. I'll keep in touch.
A few new bits of information to pass along. First off I am feeling and getting along pretty well the past weeks. My blood sugars continue to be doing very good and I as well as the doctor were pleased with them when I went to see him on Monday.
I am now getting around the house (indoors for now, we still have snow on the ground) without my wheelchair most of the time. My husband got a hold of some real short crutches that were intended for use by shorter people or children. He modified them so they were still shorter and I use these to scoot around the house on my stumps/butt. I can even go up and down the stairs if I take my time. They work very well except for the soreness in my shoulders the first three or four days I did this. I have been doing this now for almost two weeks and my arms and shoulders are getting used to using the crutches. I knew about this way of getting around as my mother did it for years after she lost both her legs because of her diabetes problems. She even got around using her arms as crutches, something I have only tried a couple of times without the best results. I think my upper bodt needs to be stronger before I can get around like that. For now I am very happy being able to get around inside my house with the crutches, It's alot easier and faster than a wheelchair. I do still use my wheelchair whenever I leave the house. The floors and carpets in my house are clean, who knows what I'd run into out in public spaces. I would also get awefully wet and dirty if it were to rain or there was something nasty on the ground.
My vision is doing OK for now. The new glasses helped quite a bit. I do see better than I did before, although I'm still considered legally blind. The eye doctor said that if all goes well I can have some type of laser surgery sometime in May. I will be seeing him again the end of April to see what he wants to do at that time.
I"ll be going for now. I'll keep in touch. My husband and I are going to visit our daughter for a few days next week. That ought to be fun in many ways. It will be nice to see her again, but she has no ramps or rails to help me get around. Like I said it will be a fun trip in more ways than one.
My trip to my daughters place was great. I needed a little help at first getting in and out of the place as she doesn't have a ramp like I do at home. After a few times I figure out how to get my wheelchair up that one little step without any help. I'd just pop a little wheelie to get the front wheels up and then push on the wheels real hard and the back wheels climbed up the step as well. It's just like going up a curb with no cut out for wheelchairs. You just need to be carefull so you don't tip backawards. It wouldn't work if there were more than one step. It wasn't to bad though. It's only one small step to get up or down if I go in or out the back door and roll around the walk to the front where the car was parked. My husband and I had a great time. The trip was to short, only 4 days. My husband needed to get back for work. I have been able to get outside into the yard on a few of the nicer days at my home this Spring. Spring and warm weather have been slow coming this year. The ramp my husband and son had built for me works very nice. I can roll in and out of the house without any effort at all. The weather man forcasts more rain this week so I don't suppose I'll get out in the yard much. It is nice to sit out on the deck and read the paper in the warm sun. Hopefully the weather will improve soon. Everything else is going quite well. I'll keep in touch.
Not much happening here lately. It's been unseasonably cold here this spring so I haven't gotten outside as much as I'd like to. I get cold very easily, always have and since all I can do is sit in my wheelchair these days. I can't get up and move around to keep warm anymore since my legs are gone. It needs to be at least 50 to 60 outside before I venture out just for the heck of it. If I need to go someplace it's different, I don't let the weather bother me too much then. It's no fun sitting out in the yard when it's cloudy and in the 40's or 50's as it has been the past several weeks. Mothers's day and Monday were the first sunny days in a while and yet Sunday still had a high in the mid 50's. It was 37 here Sunday morning. A bit too cold to just sit around in the yard. Hate to complain about the weather. I guess I'm just a little bored all cooped up in the house. Once it warms up, whenever that may be, and I can get outside more I know I'll feel much better. My husband and son still plan on going camping and fishing Memorial Day weekend and they say I'm going with them like I always have in years past. My daughter used to go with as well but since she got married and moved out of state she doesn't anymore. I told them I would if the weather warmed up. I am looking forward to going with them, but I know it will be a whole new experiance for me this year. My son has already reserved a pontoon boat for us so I can sit in my wheelchair and fish if I want to. My son said they would lift me onto the boat if they needed to. They really want me to come along. All I know is this whole weekend will be a very big challenge for me. I hope it all works out for the best.
To answer your questions, the answer is yes.
I very much used to enjoy swimming. While I was going to college I was a life guard at a local beach during the Summer. I did go swimming quite a few times at the YMCA as part of rehab back in late February. They used it as a tool to help me build up my upper body strength. Swimming is very different without your legs. Yes you can swim, pretty well infact except all your propulsion must come from your arms. Your body justs bobs along behind you. You know longer can tread water. If you must rest you need to flip over on your back and float for a spell. This to is very different and took a while to get used to. When you get out of the pool you must pull yourself up with your arms and kinda roll onto the deck. Then you just walk around the pool area using your arms as crutches. I use this method to get around inside my house as it is much easier and faster to get around this way. I keep my wheelchair for use outside or when I go someplace. I also you it sometimes when I am very tired and don't feel like dragging myself around so much. I could go outside more than I do without it but you don't know what may be in your way, water, mud, or even animal waste and you do want to stay reasonably clean. Besides your arms and shoulders do get tired if you try to go too far, even though my upper body strength is much greater than when I had my legs. There won'tl be any swimming Memorial Day as the lake water is still much to cold, very late Spring. I will try swimming in the lake later this Summer when the water warms up. I will use a floatation device to help me anytime I would go in or near the lake. In the pool I can manage without it as it is smaller and there are always life guards on duty.
My Memorial Day Weekend of fun sure bombed out. The weather was rotten. It was too cold and we had quite a bit of rain. We did manage to do some fishing on Saturday afternoon and again Sunday morning. It was a good thing we rented a cabin this time instead of roughing it in a tent as we have done many times. Some of the people at the campgrounds that were using tents got pretty wet from all the rain and the run off. It rained most of Sunday afternoon and Sunday overnight. We left for home Monday morning because of the rain. We did catch a few fish Saturday, not many the weather was too cold for them to I guess. The biggest thing we caught were colds. Both my husband and I wound up not feeling to good for several days afterwards. I wound up going to the doc for it on Tuesday. Were all doing better now and hope to try our luck again fishing in a few weeks. Except for a minor cold and bad luck fishing,