What I can do now:
- Get in and out of bed with ease
- Get in and out of the shower and bath with 'relative' ease (after being left in the tub one night for two + hours I quickly mastered how to get out before I contemplated having another one) ;)
- Use the non-handicapped version of the toilet (laugh all you want but this is a huge accomplishment :)
- Sit for about an hour at a time without huge amounts of pain (stretching every 20 minutes really helps this one)
- Beat my mom really badly at card games (part of the healing process)
- Mastered the stair case...I no longer approach a stair and hesitate...trying to remember what the PT told me about which foot / crutch goes first
- Use my hip flexors to lift my knee up in the air in the sitting position. I never thought those muscles were going to respond!!
- Regained my singing skills much to the relief of my mother who enjoyed my rendition of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' this morning...Even Ramsey would have appreciated my effort here (no mullet wig though)
- Crutch long distances by going to the grocery store...Super Wal-Mart no less...that's a lot of walking!
- Make my own breakfast (okay, so this only happened once so far, but I think mom really appreciated it)
- Pick my dirty laundry up off the floor, ball them up together in one tshirt and carry them to the laundry room with my crutches
For me these are all huge accomplishments and I hope there are many more to come. With exception to a couple days last week when I was in significant pain, I am still completely off the pain meds although it helps having tylenol around...and plenty of it.
The Picture Re-cap