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June 27th, 2007

(no subject) @ 04:31 pm

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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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From:the_paulr
Date:June 27th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
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TMI? Nawww...

We WANT to know how you're doing, even if it does take you three months to type an update. (Yes, that's a joke. The "three months to type an update part that is.)

I'm sorry you're still having some problems, but I'm really glad that you're doing as well as you are. You keep working on getting better. We'll still be here when you can come around.
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From:anahata56
Date:June 27th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
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It's so good to see your font, John. And I have to say that I feel really honored to see it, considering what must be going on there as you type it all out.

You're very well loved here, John--and when you're not here, you are deeply, deeply missed.

Good thoughts continuing for your continued recovery, and thank you so much for sharing your story.
From:dafne99
Date:June 28th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
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Glad to see your rehab is coming along seemingly swimmingly. You are a lucky, lucky man right now from my viewpoint (what with the last two people I've known to have strokes ending up far worse off than you, even much further down the line) and it's good to know that you aren't taking life for granted anymore. We all could take a page from your book, there.

As for the fluid, the only thing I can think of is wearing those constricting leggings. They may be a pain in the ass, but they should help, if you're not using them already. Lay off the salt, as it helps hold in fluids. Other than that... just listen to your doctors and we'll keep praying for you.
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From:wingguy
Date:June 28th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
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It's great to hear from you John. I was wondering whether you would be able to go back to work anytime soon, so that is very good to hear. I admire your attitude. You're teaching me something (again).
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:June 28th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
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Oh, John. It is sooo good to read a post from you. I figured you were getting about the business of getting better, and I am very glad you posted. You're fighting the good fight, and it sounds as though you are winning!

Bless!
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From:cadona
Date:June 28th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
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Of course we want to hear from you. Every time I pop into LJ I look to see if you have posted. It sounds like you are coming along very well. And you sound very positive about life.

I, for one, and grateful you are experiencing an excellent recovery and look forward to future post from you.
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From:meropa
Date:June 28th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
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Glad to know you're doing well. Take care of yourself. Smooth jazz? Yes!
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From:friendsafire
Date:June 28th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Finding out that you are alive and recovering is the best news I've had in weeks...no, take that back. Hubster got a bonus check. Other than that, you're on the top of the list.

Been in your shoes about taking life for granted and have like you promised to never do so anymore. OK, I've back-slid a couple of times, but you know what I mean.

Very, very glad to hear from you! Give Mary my best!
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From:lourdesmont
Date:June 29th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
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You have no idea how sweet it is to logon and see a post from you! And then to actually have the time to put down more than the typical one word response ...

SQUEEEE!!!!

I am glad to know that you are progressing with rehab because that cannot have been easy. I think it would have driven me bonkers and we all know that is not such a far trip! You inspire me to keep up with the little bits I have to do to keep my own health on track. If you can do it and still maintain a positive attitude ... well then, dammit! ... so can I!

I bet you are excited about getting back to work! I know I would be. I need the structure but I also think I would start to stagnate without the stimulation that I get from work.

Go keep going and remember to post when you feel up to it!

Your posts always make your friends happy!

(((HUGS YOU EVER SO MUCHLY!!!)))

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...