Saturday, August 20, 2011

Three Months and Counting

I was going to be lazy and not post tonight, but thought I'd update everyone since its been a week since the last post. I also think it is a good idea since today marks another milestone. Three months ago today, my life changed forever. I won't call it an anniversary because that word doesn't really seem to fit here. But it is certainly a good time to reflect on where we've been and where we are.

By the way, this is Jon again. Brenda took the kids to see "Harry Potter" tonight since none of them had been to see it. I've never read any of the books or seen any of the movies, so I stayed home and watched my own little "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" marathon on DVD. (Don't judge me.)

That also gave me a chance to rest up after another hectic week. All of the fall athletes are back on campus at UMHB and that means work is really picking up. I would normally be very stressed and working 8-10 hour days this time of year. Now, I have to squeeze all of that stress into a four-hour day! :)

Our kids go back to school on Monday. I honestly can't believe the summer is over. Although certain parts just seemed to drag by at the time, in retrospect, this summer have been the quickest I've ever experienced. The kids seem to both have a mixture of excitement and nervousness (if that's even a word). I'm also not sure that either kid feels like they had a real summer.

As for me, we had three more busy days of occupational therapy and two productive days of physical therapy this week. I may not see the rapid progress I am hoping for, but as long as I and the therapists continue to see any progress, I know we are moving in the right direction!

Three months ago tonight, I was lying in bed in the ICU at Scott and White with no real idea what was happening to me. Much less an idea of what the recovery would look or feel like. At that point, just getting out of bed would have been a victory in my mind, so that tempers my frustration now. I know I have come a long way and I am very encouraged by the potential I have to move a long way from where I am now.

Three months in, I think we are past the point of major breakthroughs each day. But I also realize that even some things I consider minor are still breakthroughs. I carried a bag of groceries in from the car in my left hand today for the first time in three months. So I've got that going for me. I also hope we are past the point of any major setbacks. Everything has been so positive and encouraging to this point and I don't want to lose any of that forward momentum.

Classes also start at UMHB on Monday. I will have two interns and a work study student to help me this year. I am excited about filling those positions and getting more help. But it is also hard for me to let things go and rely on other people. I am praying for strength in that area, along with continued strength during my recovery. Your prayers are also still appreciated in all of those areas.

We go back to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor on Monday. It will be my first visit with him since I left Waco. I am hopeful for the okay to start work toward driving again and maybe getting the okay to stretch out my work days a little on those days I'm not in therapy.

Thanks again for following along, I will try to answer Ellen's request in my next post. Hopefully in sometime less than a week from now. You have all been a big part of us getting through the last three months. Not quite sure how a person normally celebrates the three-month mark of their recovery, we are still learning through this. But none of us have any doubt that we have so MANY things to celebrate from this time-frame.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jon:

    Wow! I am impressed that you are moving right along in the forward gear....we don't like using the reverse gear during any recovery. Carrying a bag with your left hand is a great accomplishment. I think you told us that your arm and hand will take longer to recover--so I suppose frustration would set in a little bit. Try to remember that your therapists see those little victories probably better than you can. And, the ARE victories!

    I also am so glad you are going to get some help. You and I, being born under the same sign, are accomplishers--wanting to do excellent work and wanting to please--BUT it is also hard for us to let things go. I understand completely how you feel. Having work study and the interns will free you up a great deal. We all know that you worked yourself to death most of the time. I understand that your work with all of your projects and special programs you set up is your "baby" and you might not want people messing with it. I have learned to let go quite a bit since my experience with recovery and you know what? It doesn't hurt has badly as I thought it would. Asking for help is not weakness.....remember that, okay?

    You ask for prayers.....they have been there for 3 months and will continue. I maybe cannot do anything else for you, but I CAN pray.

    God bless all of you,
    p.s. I look forward your answering my request regarding going about your daily activities.