Thursday, November 9, 2006

inane musing: hospitals, walking, blue sky...and a super-special freebie for the not-so-squeamish out there

god, it seems like forever since i've posted.... a whirlwind of events have occured even though i've not left the hospital for two weeks. today i saw the blue sky and felt the fresh air for the first time since i arrived here. loopy and i rushed out (me in my wheelchair) through the maze of hospital hallways to the Outdoors. we felt like we were making a getaway after robbing a bank!

a prof in my department is in the same hospital as me, recovering from a car accident. that's weird enough but it gets even weirder.... she had the accident the same day (maybe the same time, for all i know!) as loopy had a mild fender bender. god, what's next?

i continue to improve, making more headway in the walking efforts. i just realized as i was thinking about what to write here that i'm learning to walk all over again. i mean people say that about people in hospitals and i never really knew what that meant except that it was truly awful. but as i do my walking, with my physical therapist and my walker and as i do my exercises, i realize that i am doing just that.... learining how to put one foot in front of the other at the appropriate space, with the appropriate weight, at the appropriate time so as to not fall over. that's pretty much what i did when i was three (long story... learned to walk late, congenital problems with hips, blah blah blah). wow...

knitting also progresses, i'm no longer ripping back more rows in the morning than i knitted the evening before so it's actually growing! i'm on a top-down, raglan sleeved cardigan and i'm only a few more inches until the armpit and beginning of sleeves.

loopy has found a fantastic apartment near the hospital and seems fantastically happy there. i'm so glad she's not living out of her car any more. ugh.

i know to some of you this post might seem depressing but for us it's really all good news and we're still counting ourselves as very, very lucky. even if i don't regain enough sensation in my feet to walk without a walker or cane, there is still some chance that i will be able to drive and that encourages me. and even if driving is out of the question a year from now (which means forever), then well... that's not as bad as waiting to become paralyzed as some with MS do. i'm an optimist, what can i say :)

i'm putting in a link to an awesome pic of my incision. the stitches are big blue nylon, it looks just like a turkey, all trussed up and ready to go into the oven to me! and i think the scar will be fantastic looking, can't wait to put a really awesome tattoo around it (you have to wait a year before you can tattoo anywhere near it).

here's a spoiler in case you don't want to see the pics of the incision and stitches...............
go away now
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don't look unless you want to
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it's kinda gross
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but i think it's cool
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ok here it is... click on the little picture for a big picture!

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