Monday, March 21, 2005



My Physical Therapist, Michael, got real excited today when I told him it "felt" like my ankle was unstable - kinda wobbly - and unsafe. Immediately he started rotating it in all directions. Then he said "push!!!" - nothing - again - again (not unlike child-birth in effort ) - then I "pushed with my good left foot and the right foot said, "oh, I can do that," and it did.

Just a hair's worth, mind you but it bidged - it budged - it moved......

Then, we worked on "Pull", as in pull the foot back. I couldn't see it move - but Michael did.

It is marvelous - it means that below the swelling, below the numbness, below the lack of muscle control - THINGS ARE STILL ALIVE -. Nurse Sis talked to me about nerves, blocked arteries, muscles, etc. etc. etc. - helping me to understand that great things can happen - but it will take time, lots of work, physical therapy - Not quite the HEAL - WALK - can happen over time.

I feel rather like the Phoenix in one of the Harry Potter movies (can't remember which one) were he come back to life from a pile of ashes at the bottom of his cage. He looks all straggley, befuddled, half his hair missing - all in all a poor sight.

I mentioned this to someone I was with and said, "I wonder how many times I can come back from the bottom of my cage." From across the room came, "Oh, probably until we shoot ya!!"


At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, that's great! Keep working it...I'll need you to be in good enough shape to help me build you a ramp. You're the only one there I trust with a hammer.


Your Boy.

At 6:46 PM, Blogger ronnie said...

Hey, Mom! Great news!

I'll pass along some words of wisdom I got today from a guy I work with. He looked at me very, very seriously, and said, "Just... stay stubborn."


At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Mom. And also to Brian. My son, Mike, alerted me that if I wanted to reread Mom's Cancer, I'd better to do so fast. I thought okay, tomorrow when I have more time. It's tomorrow and I missed. Have to get the book I guess. I've followed you both (all) and been cheering you on.

The other Ronnie (Star Lake)

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I am living with my daughter, as well, along with her fiance. They are to be married in June, and generously offered their home to me.

I remain active, though not working, and found your story just before it became unavailable do to the upcoming publication. I feel connected to you, as we share our challenge.

I'd love to stay in touch, if you don't mind.

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