Thursday, September 14, 2006
Same old stuff
The week started with a visit to the Ortho clinic at Wishard. This was a follow up to the on going cellulitis issue. I should have been finished with the antibiotics when I saw them but, unbeknownst to the Ortho team, Dr. Carbone had seen me last week and changed my antibiotic. Dr. Carbone reviewed the bugs that I had back when I was on IV antibiotics and felt that one of them might not have completely gone away. So, she switched me to an antibiotic that would attack that bug directly and it seems to be working.
The doctors in the Ortho clinic gave me a much better report on the bone scan than the last visit I had. They confirmed that the results were negative so we don't need to worry about anymore issues with the bone or any deep infections! I also got to meet Dr. Mullis, who is taking over Dr. Stewart's responsibilities. He's no Dr. Stewart but he seems knowledgeable and definitely cares about his patients.
I'm getting yet another new socket tomorrow. This time it's the one on the right leg. It's funny because we thought that one was a perfect fit but, we were wrong. It feels like I have total contact with the socket but it's always looked a little long. Turns out that my leg was about 3 inches away from the bottom of the socket. It's just so tight all around that it felt right. So, I'll be losing a couple of inches in heighth tomorrow. Hopefully this will bring back a little bit of balance as well.
Walking continues to get easier. My endurance is increasing. Now the shaking and sweating doesn't start until I've walked about 200 feet instead of 100 feet. Last week I made the mistake of doubling the distance I walk at therapy so now Renee expects me to do it all the time. What was I thinking! Really though, it's the support that I get from her and the positive comments from everyone else there, patients, therapists, and staff alike that makes me want to do more each week. I even practiced walking in the parallel bars with only one hand today. I can tell you that we are a long way off from a cane!
Yay, for getting a better fitting socket, once that sorts out the balance stuff you'll be walking even further.
Keep up the good work :)
love Annie x x x
Don't be so hard on Renee, she is just doing her job to get you and up walking ahead of schedule.
You are never far from my thoughts and prayers. Keep up the good work and just know that God has a plan for you honey, just be patient!!
Love ya tons,
I haven't commented for a while, but we have been reading up on you every week. You have had a lot of setbacks. It seems unfair, watching and seeing how everytime you make a big step forward, something comes in and knocks you back a notch. Every week though, you bounce back and you make another big step forward. You have endured and conquered more in the last year then most people ever tackle in their entire lives.
I have always said to myself that I want to be the type of man that my son can be proud of and want to be like. Jeremy, I will be very proud of my son if he grows up with the courage, pride, and unbelievable attitude that you demonstrate every week.
Keep up the path you are on, because I am certain that I am not the only one you inspire every week.
Glad to hear the good news about the bone scan and your increasing strength. Keep up the hard work!
Love, Carolyn and Bruce
celebrate all your successes and are saddened by the the bumps that appear
in your road forward. Just want to tell you again that we think you are an awesome, wonderful person.Hang in there.You are always in our prayers.
Betty and Bill Lusk
Glad you have your balance back. Things should get easier now.
(Courtyard by Marriott gang)
Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog....