Tuesday, August 23, 2016

My learning curve

  Not only am I learning to walk again, but I have to learn to write and draw again too.  I have not mentioned this before as it is hard to admit.  In my free motion quilting classes I would go on and on about  drawing motifs and developing muscle memory.  Well, the thing turned around and bit me in the hind end this time!

    When the therapist gave me this set of pages to work on copying---to improve my writing---- I saw quilting motifs.  I thought it would be a snap......little did I know the damage done to my hands affected my drawing ability too.

Oh, my.....not the best doodles after all.  The muscle memory is still there....what I lack is muscle control.  The spacing is off, kind of awkward.  Precise is out the window for now.  Just getting the shapes is enough to work on.

   I went ahead and did some letter practice....over and over.  This is the last page and it does show some improvement.  I am able to print a shopping list now that Sir Old Man can mostly read...lol.

  It takes intense focus to do this now.  I really took for granted how easy it was for me to draw these motifs, etc.  It is exhausting some days.   But I can say for sure that anyone can learn ....it just takes lots of practice.  Mixed with determination, too.

   It is time to get ready for therapy, so I will post and run.  Tomorrow I want to visit the sewing room.  Keep stitching.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Feeling better

    After 14 days, I think the pneumonia is done for.  I feel like I am going to be able to return to the living :)  The cough will probably stick around for another week or so according to the doctor.  But I am cleared to return to OT next week.  I have a lot of catching up to do, but to date I only have strength enough for chair exercises, and arm exercises using the one pound weight.

  The therapist called to say that she got approval from the doctors to try a UV light therapy on my hands.  The hope is that it will increase circulation and stimulate nerve activity.  She has lofty  goals for my OT and is looking for anyway to help my sense of touch/ or lack of touch sensation.

   Thank you all for the notes, and emails to check on me.  I was just too weak to
sit at the computer to reply.   I hope to gain strength each day and begin some progress.  That sounds wonderful to me.   By the way, my lofty goal is to return to the sewing room and be able to stitch a little.  That would be some good therapy:)   

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Update for mid August

I never thought I could slip so far back. A week ago I began with a fever and cough. Now it is full bore pneumonia and it is pushing me so far down. SirOld Man made the mistake of dating the "h" word and I went crazy   Not going back to that place. 

   So I am dosed with antibiotics  and nursing friends check on me.  Expect home health to begin today.   I've lost strength and coordination  so the road got longer ahead of me.   Just wanted to say thanks once again for all the emotional support from blog land. 
Keep on stitching. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This gave me a lift!

  I was reading through a few blogs this morning and ran across a wonderful surprise when I got to the Greater Columbia Quilt Guild.   This is the group I did a program and class for last fall.  Their monthly show and share is usually overflowing.  Five  members who took my class shared their finishes......such variety and beauty.  
From Greater Columbia Quilt Guild

  For this class I lifted all restrictions, giving them the freedom to express themselves.  I am so glad they took  the opportunity to do this.......rather than duplicating my examples.  By their smiles I think they were happy and satisfied.  Ladies, I am so pleased with your work!

Today was the outpatient evaluation for OT..........this is for the hands mainly.  There is not any change or improvement.  I was only able to identify one of the four objects placed in my hands. So we will work on strength training.....praying for a miracle in the hands and fingers.  I won't dwell on it but you know how much I need those fingers.

OK, enough sobbing.  I am greatly enjoying home and freedom to just be here.  Thank you all for the encouragement and support.  Keep stitching :)

Friday, July 29, 2016

The eagle landed at home today

I arrived home about 1 pm today after 8 weeks in the hospital/rehab.  I could not dance like i intended but tears of joy filled my space.  Nothing is as sweet as home....even wheel chair bound right now.   Not sure how long this stage will last, and I will be doing out patient PT for a while.   I move on muscle memory since I still have no feeling or sensory feedback from my hands or feet.  The doctors are hopeful that nerves will be restored some day.
   I am having "twinges" through out my body...imagine burst of electricity ......doctors think that is the nerve paths waking up.  So my main diet food is vitamin B-12 and vitamin D...with lots of fluids.  All for healthy red cells and hemoglobin.
  Sir Old Man is exhausted and we have lots of things to solve for our daily living.  I really hope to get to catch up on what I missed as I wait for more improvements.  Thanks for all the cards and thoughts and prayers.  At that darkest time, the only thing that matters to your heart are the people who make your life a joy.  Thanks again, and keep stitching.

Monday, July 25, 2016


My hemoglobin was normal this morning ......the first time in 40+ days.  Happy dance a nd a smile then a mile plus PT session.   Still no feeling in hands or feet but still praying they will return. 
  Thanks to all. Keep stitching. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Second week of rehab

Another week done. I walked about 380 steps yesterday and tackled steps and fine motor skills.  Finally I have more energy because of the healthier cells being produced from the vitamin B12. My doctor is on vacation next week so that's   a hint I will be here a while longer   
  Mentally I am much better.  I only ask in prayer for exactly what I need for the day. When the therapist ask me to do  anything I just do it. That is the only  way home. 
  I still have no feeling in feet and hands are numb.  But one day I dream of having  pain free sensations    I am learning to use that thing called muscle memory. Funny it should rear its head again. Strong muscle memory will help me walk out the door and back home soon. 
  Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers. Each day I rely upon them. 
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