Sunday, September 16, 2012

Final checkouts

Today, I finished final checkouts for occupational, physical and speech therapy. I think I am ready to go.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Busy Day & Good News

9/12 has been very busy. Full morning and afternoon with lots of activities. I am very tired. Orig release date was 9/22. Changed today to 9/17 releases. Hurray!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday 9/11/12

Thoughts today of those lost or impacted by 9/11 eleven years ago.

My last 3 days at RHI have been busy and tiring. Activities scheduled almost all day. I am up to 400 ft walking with a walker. Lots of exercises for arms, legs, stamina, endurance, neck & shoulders.  By mid-to-late afternoon, I am pretty wiped out.

Today, they advised me that my targeted release date is 9/22.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Saturday Setember 8 Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana

3rd day at RHI. Becoming familiar with the daily routine. 6:00 to 7:00 wake up, morning meds, move  by wheelchair to common area tables, breakfast delivered per order completed yesterday. Receive a written schedule for the day, 30-45 minutes for therapy - including occupational, physical, speech, respiratory, or other activities as needed.

Around 11:30 to 12:30 - lunch in the common area or cafeteria. Additional scheduled activities after lunch. Occasional opportunities for naps, TV,  chatting with other patients. Dinner at around 7:00 to 7:30. Very full daily schedule. I am doing a live-in program.

Goal is to get me back to my normal activities. It's like a boot camp. Obviously, medical staff is on-site - doctors, RNs, various therapists. So far, I have been worn out by the routine. I think I have made good progress. But, it doesn't seem to be something that will get me to a normal very rapidly. Seems like small steps are the norm.

During the days in ICU, I felt pretty crummy. For the days in recovery, I really had not made much progress.  After a few days at RHI, I definitely feel that I am making progress and I can now see the slow, small steps toward living normally.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pleuridis recovery-August/July ,2012

In ICU for a few days. Was a rough time. Then, moved into a regular recovery room for a few days. Today, was relocated by ambulance to RHI - Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. This is a live-in rehab boot camp focused on getting me back to a normal life ASAP.