12/9/14

You mean I have to get OUT of the bed? (aka they don't pay physical therapists NEAR enough money)

“She’s the ‘bilateral’,” I heard the nurse mention to the aide that entered the room with her.

I turned my head towards the door and moved my bed up with the cool electronic device that enables you to remain motionless for as long as you want.  Considering the fact that my body felt like it had rolled down a mountain at full speed bouncing off of every rock and boulder it encountered, that was precisely what I wanted.

It had been three days since both of my total knee replacements, and the most I had done myself was howl each time I was helped in and out of the wheelchair.  The powers that be insist you go to the bathroom “yourself” after having both knees completely rebuilt.  (Because surely it doesn’t hurt THAT much.)

I had been moved to the rehab facility the night before, and was pretty convinced that I would never, EVER walk again, let alone slide out of a bed.

The nurse, however, was convinced otherwise.

“Let’s go! Time for PT!” she said with a smile as she pushed the wheelchair towards the bed.  I looked at her thinking she was out of her mind and then willed my legs to slide towards the side of the bed.

They didn’t listen.

I forced my bed to the upright-est position I could and then grabbed my legs and gently pushed them over.  “Sweet Jesus in heaven” I muttered.   I would say far worse things than that before the days PT session was over.

I was wheeled down the hall where I met a lovely and energetic young girl about Bitchy’s age. (Except she was a lot NICER.)  She explained who she was and what our goals were.  I smiled and tried to make light, humorous conversation.  It wasn’t easy.  She excused herself for a few moments to attend to several other “clients” who were working on various pieces of equipment around the room.

I took that time to take in my surroundings.  I had been wheeled into what looked like a high school gymnasium. The walls were filled with inspirational quotes written in larger than life print.  The room itself was filled with short “massage” tables, designed for patients to lay on while practiced certain exercises.  In one corner there were more than 50 walkers of all shape and size, as well as wheelchairs and other walking aides.  There were other tables peppered around the room for patients working on activities designed for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill practice.  There were many other torture devices around the room, but I was distracted by the clients I saw moving to and fro around the room engaged in their own journey back from the dead.  From what I could see, I was almost the youngest in the room.  I noticed a young man who appeared in his twenties with what looked like a severe head injury working very hard to pedal something with his arms.  I looked away, trying hard not drown in the sea of emotion these sights had thrust me into. If I looked too closely at all of the struggles, I wouldn’t have the strength to face my own.

My therapist joined me with a walker.  I looked at her and laughed.  “Really? You want me to get UP?”

“That’s right.  Your rehab begins NOW, lady!” she said smiling, but with just enough of a challenge for this ex-gymnast to accept.

I grabbed the walker and forced myself up. "Holy Mother of GOD!" I said through clenched teeth.   I looked at her and then put one foot in front of the other.  I slowly made my way around the room. It seemed like an eternity, but it might have been ten minutes.  She showed me a few exercises we would be working on, and after a very painful hour she wheeled me back to my room.

“You were great.  We’ll see you three or four times a day, and you’ll do better each time. Don’t get discouraged!  Baby steps here; you’ll make baby steps each day.”
She managed to help me into my bed and got me comfortable.  It wasn’t until she turned and walked out of the room that I closed my eyes and let the tears flow.

This wasn’t gonna be easy.

But, unlike many of the “clients” I had encountered that morning, I knew I WAS going to get better.  I knew I WAS going to stand on my own, I knew I WAS going to shower on my own, and soon I knew I WAS going to walk out of here.

It was just a matter of kicking my own @$$.  But I think I’ve had a lot of practice in that area….


9 comments:

Gigi said...

Oh honey, I know it's been a hard road but you GOT this!

ChiTown Girl said...

Hang in there, Girlfriend!

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you a speedy recovery!

xoxox

Sheila said...

Of course you are walking without a cane! Glad to hear you are up and around. Take care of yourself

quiltmom said...

Hope that you get some TLC along with that butt kicking- From your writing I am convinced that you will conquer your rehab like the champ you are - it will take a little time and some pain but you will be strong again.
Hang in there and think about those funny things that your K's would be telling you - if they could see you..
Wishing you a speedy recovery-
Regards,
Anna

Mocadeaux said...

Physical therapists are amazing. You know what else is amazing? The Book of Frank! I loved every page, every story and every lesson learned. Well done! And keep up the great work with your rehab - you will be dancing soon!

Scope said...

After what you've been through in the last few years, not surprised you got checked into a rehab facility.

Oh, not that kind of facility? M'bad.

Keep up the good work.

un nazz said...

It's too late to pick your tree replica handbags this year, but before you haul yours outside louis vuitton replica for curbside pick-up (or back to the attic for storage), take a minute to consider your 2010 options. Fake tree fans argue that their replica shoes version can be reused again and again each year, thus sparing trees from being chopped replica handbags down for a mere month or so of enjoyment. Real tree users however remind us that only their version can be louis vuitton replica recycled, thus sparing landfills from getting clogged with plastic memories of Christmas past. We decided to investigate the gucci replica environmental impact of each type, and while we're at it, encourage one uber-green option (living tree rental) that West hublot replica Coasters are already all over. With more support, we'd love to see this choice rolex replica spread nationwide.

#1Nana said...

I hope you're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel by now. I admire your ability to face the challenges head on. My former secretary said getting knee replacement surgery was the best decision she ever made. I hope the same is true for you.

Cimderui Sam said...

There's no doubting Omege Replica can mirror the wearers’ classiness and great flavour. The unrivaled design mixing with lovely skillfullness helps make the Breitling Replica watches besides chic and exquisite and chic, and also the simple and suitable for various functions. Just about every Rolex Replica watch is embodying the creating concept of pursuing the coexistence of visual design and efficiency. If you have a Cartier watch on your hand, you are unable to only go through the Replica Watches incredible design as well as design and style, but additionally experience various anywhere and anytime. Cartier different watches are truly value proudly owning each fashionable man or woman. Nevertheless, Cartier’s classiness and nobleness are likewise mirrored within the steep selling prices. Maybe you should
Jackson from retailer on http://www.ulster-junior-open.org.uk/home.asp ?