Thursday, March 29, 2007

Working hard

It's been a little over 2 weeks since I've been going to therapy again. It's been hard work. I get some chiropractic work on my back first and then onto therapy for about an hour. Therapy can't just be done for that short amount of time 3 days a week. I work out while in my chair, laying down in bed or wherever else I can. I've seen some improvement which is encouraging. Although the doctors that first met me and were all gong-ho about getting me up and walking again soon lost some of that vigor after reading more about my situation, my therapist and I have not. If you know me you can't judge me and my situation by what you read and know about similar health situations. I'm determined to beat this, inspite of what others think. Most importantly I have a faith in the miraculous work God can do. Those 2 things, determination and faith got me through the darkest hours last year. I will continue to work harder tomorrow than I did today!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Not our goal

Recently I made an appointment with a chiropractor. I've had back problems for years and since I've started walking again, albeit minimal, I tweaked my back. I put it off for a few weeks, but finally succumbed and made the appointment. I went in for a consult and some back stimulation and this wonderful aquabed (comfy bed with warm water jets working up and down my back). They gave a full examination. Then Monday I had a follow-up meeting ands at that time they would go over their plan to help withj my back pain. Not knowing the fact they are a rehab facility also , they had a complete body plan for me. They want me to come in for the next 3 months up to 3 times a week. Yesterday I worked with a new doctor at the facility. When we first met we went over my current health situation. He then asked, "your goal is to get rid of the back pain?" Yep, that's what I want. He replied, "that's not our goal. Of course we want to help your back pain, but you walking out of here is our goal." Inside I shouted a resounding, "YES!" He said, "it's gonna be hard work when you're here, deal with it." So we went through the initial routine-electric stimulation to the back, aquabed, and an adjustment. Now onto a bike, one I could pedal from my chair. A good amount of assistance pedaling was needed, but they also made me work through most of it. My legs had not worked that hard in a long time. But it's so worth it. That was it for day one, but I'm bac again tomorrow for more. I can't wait!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Dressed up.....


....with somewhere to go. This weekend we had a benefit for the orchestra Emily plays in. It was nice to get dressed up and go out for some fun. Being as most days my oufit consists of sweat pants and a t-shirt. It was at the Sabre room, which had not changed since I was there for my highschool senior dinner dance 10 years ago. The night consisted of dinner, dancing, and an auction (silent and loud). The musical entertainment was by "The Blooze Brothers" It was fun to watch the older folks getting down on the dance floor. I had hoped they would have played more slow songs, I would have twirled Emily around that dance floor. I assume they weren't quite ready for my dance moves just yet.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Barry

The last stop on my tour of hospitals/nursing homes last year brought a great roommate my way. It was not the norm to have a young man of 27 in a nursing home, but a man of 46 (roughly?) to be there at the same time were 1 in a million. Although I was only there for 2 weeks we fast became friendly. Now when I left I had all his contact info. And soon after unpacking ,his info had been lost. I rccently received a message from him on this blog and can't wait to hear more from him. So Barry hope1fully you're chwcking this blog. You can send email to randy@randybeal.com. We still need to do dinner at Al's-so I can try the lobster collin's!