I just got off the phone with a nurse doing a survey for CPMC where I was in the Acute Rehab program. She had questions like "Are you still using a walker? Can you climb a flight of stairs? Can you dress yourself?" and "Can you walk 150 feet with a cane?" I've moved so far beyond many of these issues, I don't even think about them any more.
I was already in a reflective mood – my initial authorization for out-patient physical therapy (PT) has just run out. It will almost certainly be renewed for another 4 weeks but it makes me think about those in similar situations to mine who only get the state mandated 25 PT visits. At that rate I would have run out within two or three weeks of the accident. I'm very lucky to be working with an insurance company committed to my case.
As it happened, I had 4 weeks of therapy in acute rehab, 9 weeks of in-home therapy and another 4 weeks of out-patient for a total of about 230 visits. And it has paid off.
Much to my therapists' surprise, when I started working with my back brace off I was not the loosey-goosey limp noodle everybody predicted. The Pilates work I'm doing is a big help.
IN THE MAIL THIS WEEK...
A big “thank You” to Annalisa and Gary. The package of goodies was such a fantastic surprise! And well-timed, too. I just about finished tackling that stack of books you sent a while back. You guys are amazing.
OTHER GOOD THINGS
Taking a walk to the lake.
Getting off medications.
Internet obsessions– Flickr, boingboing, iTunes radio, the new napster
Our new wireless connection from the laptop to the stereo.
Tasting the beer I brewed last month... yum...