Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Slow and steady...strong and calm.

Yesterday was a HUGE day for me. I had my 4 month doctor follow-up after breaking both distal (near knee) femurs last July. Kurt took time off work and drove me...I like it when he is with me, and he can help ask the right questions. My doctor was super happy with the x-rays; the hardware was in place, and it showed good calcium bone growth...where there was not any before! REHAB BEGINS! My doctor wants me to start working on bending...SLOWLY!... using only gravity to work the knees. At present the right knee bends 60 degrees and my left is less than 30. My doctor said I have a 50% chance of being able to bend my left knee 90 degrees, enough to where I would be able to ride a bike. I had a knee replacement before I was paralyzed, and the break is at the knee level. My fall really knocked the replacement out of whack, making the left knee more complicated and difficult to repair and to heal. I will be using my rented wheelchair with my legs straight-out for 2 more months, and still no swimming. Today, I woke up and started "passively" bending my knees. I'm gonna ride that bike. Slow and steady...strong and calm. Thank you all for checking in on me. kelley