Apr 3, 2006

5,000 visitors and the Discharge!

Wow! Our website has received over 5,000 visitors since we started it a few years back. Over 3,500 of those have been in the past month. Thanks for letting us share our lives with you.

As I write this, it is April 3, 2006 – I had my surgery one month ago today. In the days following the surgery, I was unable to move anything on my right side. The day I left Bethesda NNMC, March 14, I was able to move just my right thumb and index finger. Today I have full motion in my arm again. The strength is coming back slowly, as is my stamina. My finger dexterity is also coming along well – my fingers just need more practice doing things involving fine motor skills. I am finally able to walk without a brace but with a cane. All the major muscle groups in my leg are working in some fashion except for the muscles around my ankle, but I hear those come back usually last. I have to say, I am impressed with my progress and eager to continue to improve and strengthen.

Tomorrow, Tue, April 4, 2006, I will finally be discharged from NRH and will be able to go home. I have been hospitalized for 32 days. I’ll only need to take Keppra, an anti-seizure medication, twice a day. Unfortunately, I will not be able to drive for nearly a year, but there may be ways around that we’re going to check into. Thank goodness for DC’s Metro system!

I’ll be released around 11am and Holly and I are going to configure the apartment for me since I’m still a bit unsteady on my feet. We got a commode riser that will be higher for me to use on the pot. It just goes right over the existing toilet. We also had to purchase a shower bench as I cannot shower standing up as I cannot stand for prolonged periods of time. Plus, it’s slippery which equals unsafe. We’ll have to move some furniture around a bit and then we plan to unpack and relax. I haven’t been home for a good amount of time for a month, so it’s going to feel great to get back to the apartment.

I did get a day pass this past Sunday and we had a great time at church, lunch and at the Cherry Blossom Festival. We took some great pics and had a heck of an experience getting there. I’ll post more on that including pics after I get home.

That’s it for now. My right hand is starting to hit keys twice and it’s getting shaky. It’ll be great to use a lower keyboard at home to type these tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for your continued prayers… keep on praying for my right leg!
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