Monday, September 18, 2006
The Condition My Condition is in...
Sometimes I find myself looking at the bookmarks menu in our computer browser and automatically selecting "How's Robb." I guess I'm just wondering how I'm doing. It almost never tells me, though.
So... How's Robb?
Better. The best guesses of all the doctors and therapists say that this recovery, which has been going on for nearly eight months, has about another year to go. It's a very slow process but if I look back a few months and compare, I can see definite improvement.
Getting out of bed in the morning is no longer the difficult struggle it had been. My legs are a lot stronger, so standing up is easier. My ankles are a bit stronger, so balancing is easier. I no longer wear braces of any kind. I take no medications which slow me down. I'm walking farther and faster. (I'm still not at what they call "community speed"-- 1.6mph-- but I can cover close to a mile in about an hour.)
I owe much of this progress, I believe, to physiotherapy. Lots and lots of physiotherapy. I go to the "gym" three times a week and do home exercises and take walks on the other days. I sleep a lot, too. Nine or ten hours each day. I like to think that my job right now is to get better. Any other job is a few months away, at least.
Going back to work is a big goal. Hopefully, I'll soon have a license to drive a car with hand controls and a car with hand controls. Once my transportation issues are solved, I'll need to improve to the point where I can manage sitting in one place for much longer than I can now.
Given the rate of progress, I know that all these goals are months away. But if this process has taught me anything, it's patience.