John Holton (john_holton) wrote,
John Holton
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I realized today that it's been close to three months since I put a substantial update out here, and I figured you all wanted to hear from me. You did want to hear from me, didn't you?

Here's where I am right now: I am almost done with my rehab. I have one more session with the occupational therapist tomorrow, then I'm done, at least for a while. I started back to work part-time last Monday, and I go back to work full-time on Monday. My legs are working pretty well, although I have to wear a brace on my right leg, which so far prevents me from driving. I'm walking with a straight cane when I'm out, and pretty much caneless at home. My right arm and hand are slower to come back; I'm still not able to use my right hand for anything more than a decoration, meaning I'm still typing with one hand (that's why you haven't heard from me in a while) and still can't hold a pen to write. I'm doing what I can to bring them back, but it's going to take time, unfortunately.

The only other problem I have right now is that, during the day, it seems like water collects in my right leg, and I spend more time than I think I should getting rid of it after bedtime. (I know, TMI.) I've been working with my doctor to see what I can do to rectify the situation. Last time I was there, she doubled my dose of HCTZ and gave me a shot of Lasix, which should have drained my leg almost immediately but didn't. If any of you have had this problem, I'd really appreciate any suggestions.

Still, when I look at some of the people I've been in rehab with, I count my blessings. There are people far worse off than I am. Amputees, people trying to come back from the same thing I had who are 10-20 years older, people whose injuries were more extensive than mine, but especially people who, it would appear, have less to live for or who have just given up. My heart and prayers go to these people. It could be a whole lot worse, believe me. I thank God every day that I'm still relatively young and for Mary's abiding love for me.

If there's one thing I regret, it's taking my life for granted. I promise, I will never do that again.

Thank you again for your prayers, thoughts, good wishes and encouragement. I feel like I'm close to turning a corner, and that I'm going to experience a near complete recovery.

I love you all.
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