Mom is at 9 weeks now since her accident. She has had knee surgery, and recovered well from that. She has gone from a full lower leg cast to a boot cast, that she can remove at night and to shower. She has taken huge strides in her progress in this past week. She has had the hospital bed removed from the house, and has her family room furniture put back in place to look like a real family room again, and not a hospital room. She has started to sleep in her own bed, in her own room!!!! Which means she goes veeeerry slowly, step by step up the stairs, where a walker and/or wheelchair is there for her to use on that level of the house. She can do everything alone now, but it is very time consuming and exhausting for her. Having been so long in a wheelchair means she has lost a lot of strength and muscle tone. She will have to build that back up. She begins her Physical Therapy tonight, and will go 3x a week. This should improve mobility to her knee, and shoulder, and help to strengthen her broken leg. Which is still quite painful, and very swollen now that she is able to put some weight on it. She is thrilled to be getting some of her independence back, and is promising to be extremely careful, so as not to further impede her progress to health! I know this has been the longest 9 weeks of her life, and she is by no means back to normal yet. But it is a huge improvement!! She is even talking of taking a small trip at the end of next month if she continues to do well. She will have to address the possibility of having to have something done if it turns out the shoulder is in fact not progressing more due to a tear in her rotator cuff, or perhaps (and we are hoping) still stiff due to the bad dislocation. The PT will determine if it is frozen, and they will work with her to improve mobility. OH..and she is driving!!! But just a little bit like through a drive thru and back home, as she is still not quite ready to tackle walking without someone or something to hold on to for stability yet.
Keep up the good work Mom!!!!!!
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