I have loved the fact that I got to see Jerri every single day. Barry and I have been here to hear all about her transition into her job at Sick Kids. I also have been fortunate to have Barry to help with my rehab. It is a full time job, and it takes having family members around to fill in where staff are short. One of the many things family has helped with are my trips outside of the hospital. It would have meant a longer hospital stay and more rehab if I didn't have them to bring me out into the world to push my limits daily.
Meghan and Whinnie arriving on the weekends when there is no Physio or appointments helped make the long hours here on the weekends more fun.
Friends and family visiting, calling and communicating with me has helped a lot with the initial sense of isolation.
But being in your own home has a sense of comfort and contentment that nothing compares to. We will need assistance to get me through these next couple of months but I have faith that the many professionals in North Bay will meet and likely exceed our needs. I'm also grateful to have a sister and husband willing to come and help out for some time.
I'm excited today because I asked my physiotherapist to measure my legs for comparison. There is a big difference between my right and left leg (due to muscle atrophy from my first surgery). Being laid up has exacerbated that difference. What I know from the past is it takes way longer to build muscles than to lose them. So, that's why I was excited today when my legs were measured again and we saw as much as a centimetre and a half difference in some areas. I felt so motivated. I know I can do this. It is slow and steady but when you have clear data like that it really can give you the encouragement needed to keep plugging away.
With or without the walker, I have to walk to be able to walk; so, Callander people, get ready to see me doing just that. It will be great to walk along the Lake Nipissing shore once again.