Well a lot has transpired since I was released from Roger C.
Peace Rehabilitation Hospital (RCP). I am sorry that I have not been able to
update this site as much as we had originally hoped, but as you can imagine, I
have been tremendously busy with trying to get my out of hospital life back
together. I am hopeful that this update will get everyone back up to speed on
my life and that I have finally (hopefully) reached a point in my recovery
where I have time to update on occasion.
Rehab: I have been very busy in rehab. Within a week of
being discharged from RCP I began outpatient rehab through RCP. I had
Occupational and Physical Therapy 3-4 times a week. My other 2 weekdays usually
had doctor’s appointments. I know it sounds crazy, trust me…it was crazy…but I
literally had some sort of medical appointment every day! At the end of October
I was able to be discharged from Occupational Therapy. I had met most of my
goals for that, including being medically cleared to drive again. Wow, that was
freeing! I have just been able to “cut back” on my Physical Therapy and only
have that 2-3 days/week. I have regained some strength in my hands/upper body
and the babies are great at challenging me to keep up with their growth. I have
better use of both of my hands; though fine motor skills still present a bigger
challenge. The numbness in my hands persists, but I remain hopeful it will go
away. I am able to walk so much better than when I went home! I have progressed
so much that I usually can walk without any assistive device, though I have to
use a cane on occasion with various setbacks that occur. I am able to climb
stairs, carefully, but still, I can do it! One of my next “big” goals is to
take a small “hiking” trip. Hopefully in time I will be back out doing all the
things I used to do. Please continue to pray for me in rehab. I work very hard
and am grateful that God has blessed my efforts thus far. Rehab is very tiring
for me and there is still all the normal wife/mommy stuff for me to do at home.
I often get exhausted long before everything is done. Darren is such a
tremendous help, doing lots of “home” things and “waiting” on me during rough
times…making sure I can elevate my legs and bringing whatever I need to me.
Numerous family and friends have stepped in to help with so many things from
transportation to child care to meals…I could never have made the progress I
have made without the incredible support from people I love.
Surgery: I have been “privileged” to have numerous surgical
procedures since being discharged from RCP. Unfortunately I have had some sort
of hospitalization or surgery, ranging from overnight to several days every
month. I developed an abscess that had to be drained, I had carpal tunnel
surgery in hopes that would help the nerve damage to my hands and just tonight
I had to get fluid drained from my knee. When I left RCP I thought I was done
with hospitals, but I have learned that rehab is not a straight uphill path.
There are dips along the way, but as long as the trend is upward, things are
going well. There are still more surgeries in my future, but we are hopeful
that it will be a while before we need to have them.
Children: The children are doing tremendously well! They are
growing and are healthy. We feel so blessed. They are a constant source of joy
to us and we delight to interact with them. It is so fun to see them develop
and become their own individual self. Ian is all boy…grunting and huffing,
bouncing and constantly moving. He is constantly happy, smiling and laughing at
everything! Abigail is our thinker. She watches and observes everything
carefully before deciding how to react to it. She loves to play peekaboo, often
anticipating where you will appear next. She too is a happy, content baby.
Thank you: I want to say thank you to all who have done
anything for us. So many people have contributed to my recovery and there will
never be a way for me to thank everyone “properly”. I am so thankful for your
prayers. I know God answers prayer, even if it is not “exactly” how we wanted
them answered. I am thankful for those who have visited, called, sent
cards/notes. I am thankful for those who have provided meals, I never could
survive making meals every day when I got from therapy and/or doctor’s
appointments. I am thankful for those who donated PTO, it was such a blessing.
I am thankful for those who provided rides for me, when I couldn’t drive myself
to my many appointments. I am thankful for those who watch our children,
whether it is a planned event or a middle of the night urgent call. I am
thankful for those who have donated financially. The bills and day-to-day
living expenses have been significant and I will be out of work for a while
yet. I am sure there are other things that I may have forgotten or may not even
be aware of that people have done to care for us. Thank you! I am humbled by
how many people have cared for us and we are so grateful for your support!
Some of you may have seen that I cut my hair rather short.
After coming home I had significant hair loss. Based on my research, Post
partum hormone changes, long hospitalizations (especially with little physical
activity) and anesthesia can all cause hair loss. So…considering I was
subjected to all 3…at the same time…apparently my poor hair didn’t have a
chance. After trying to work with and mask this hair loss, I gave in and
decided to cut it short to the length of the healthy regrowth. Yes, I am very
grateful that it is coming back! To be honest…my hair loss bothered me more
than all the scarring on my legs! Maybe that is vain…but I liked my hair. On the “try to find
something positive to be grateful for” side…I am grateful that this gives me a
chance to try something I never would have had the guts to try before. I like my hair better
than I thought I might and I am grateful for that as well.
I hope this can give you a glimpse of where we are now. I am
new to updating this site…so hopefully I can get myself up to speed on it
quickly. I apologize for the delayed update. I was hospitalized right after I
posted the “teaser” in September, so that is why it wasn’t updated sooner. It
is 2 AM and this seems to be the only time I can get a chunk of time to write.
I will also try to figure out how to add photos…but that may take a while as my
brother set that up and I haven’t been instructed in accessing that yet.
Specific ways you can pray:
Our spiritual encouragement and growth
Our family dynamics/interactions and relationships
Strength and endurance for therapy and home responsibilities
No more setbacks
Healing of my current wounds
Healing of some abdominal complications
Restoration of all damaged nerves, but specifically my hands
Thank you all once again!
Lana for Darren, Abigail and Ian
I have tried to add some recent photos, I hope you can see them!