So Mahalo Dad for last update, I’ve been SO busy lately that I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog :hides: so I will try to update in a quick fashion…
I believe Dad left Thu. 11/15? Yeah. It was too short of a visit, but I was grateful for the time he did get to come and spend with me.
Mon. 11/19 Pool PT w/Jason
Tue. 11/20 Pool PT w/Jason, I might have done land PT with Jeffrey, my memory fails me…lol
Wed. 11/21 Botox appointment. This time he did the left sartorius muscle and both posterior tibs. And know what? I did not make a peep. I was so calm and quiet that I think we all were a bit surprised. The assistant was like, wow, I know most of our patients wouldn’t have been able to handle that. I’m guessing I’m getting used to it, but I think the real truth is that I have a lot of prayer warriors lifting me up =) that’s a much better explanation, yes?
Thu. 11/22 Thanksgiving. There’s a first time for everything, right? Well, this Thanksgiving was the first time we ordered a premade turkey from a local grocery store. It was just easier because of Siena’s birthday the next day and I know I couldn’t have done a turkey. Don, Linda and Auntie Georgia came up and brought homemade sides so that was good. The turkey wasn’t so bad, but the most important thing was that we were a family and could be thankful for that. I look back and remember last Thanksgiving where I came home for the day and went back to RIO at night. I was in no condition to come home to live back then, so I have a lot to be grateful for this year. The Perry family came by after for dessert and that was nice to see them.
Fri. 11/23 Siena’s 6th birthday. Celebrated with a bunch of friends at JJ Jump a bouncy place where the kids can jump and slide and burn off lots of energy =) She had a great time and was blessed with some great gifts!
Sun. 11/25 The last week of the series, HE greater than…and it was so good…there was a chance to say a few words and I managed to squeak out a few things, but I didn’t know what to say or how to say it, haha…I wasn’t prepared but wanted to say thanks to everyone who has ever prayed for me. Elsie brought me to church (for the 2nd week in a row) because Jeffrey was gone.
Mon. 11/26 Land eval by Sean! It was cool to see him after not seeing him for land PT since 11/1. We did the TUG, timed up and go and the 6 minute timed walk and the gait speed and functional reach. All I know is that I improved all across the board! My functional reach had been stuck at 8 inches, and my goal was 10 inches and I almost got to the 10, but I reached out and touched the walker, so we called it a 9, haha. I walked 330′ in 6 minutes, and he looked at our notes and I believe I had a hard time walking 110′ way back when (June?) not even timed. I couldn’t even walk at a speed good enough to be timed nor a length long enough either. And the furthest I had gone was 280′ during a 6 minute walk. So all in all I am happy with the results, even not having my land PT sessions with Sean. =)
OH! Today Siena went back to Gymnastics at Vega! I called and left a message early in the day just wanted to find out some info about putting her in classes. Back during the early part of my surgery days, and during the summer, Siena would go to Vega, Sooz would take her and Niles. They had found out about my surgery and wanted to help so they gave both Siena and Niles scholarships to keep going to gymnastics! Then Siena was spending more time in Albany so they took her off the list but had told Sooz that if Siena were to ever come back that she would still be on a scholarship. This was many months ago. Now any time I ask S to get me something or she had a free moment, this girl is doing cartwheels, roundoffs, trying to do headstands, crazy stuff. So I called and talked to someone on the phone and they remembered Siena and totally said that she would still be on a scholarship! PTL how cool is that? So she started today, and was so excited, she could hardly stand it. I am excited to see how she blossoms in her gymnastics.
Wed. 11/28 Pool PT w/Jason
Sat. 12/1 I had always wanted to do something advent-like for Siena, but could never find something that I LOVED. Well, I just let it go and resolved to find something next year (as I’ve always said, lol). A couple days ago, I was blessed with a wonderful gift. This shows the beauty of FB…ok, so I have a wonderful friend, Diane Mosier, who’s one of my mom’s BFFs. She had come up to help when I first moved back home when I was in bad shape and we had a great time. Well, before I had my surgery, she had this friend, Dan Hooley, who had just had a brain tumor removed a couple weeks before my surgery. So we “met” through FB after I had several months of recovery and had my wits about me better. And we encourage and support each other through FB. He sent me a message saying his wife wanted to send me something (and subsequently she became my friend too on FB). So I gave him my address. I didn’t know what to expect. So I get this box and inside was a Jesse Tree Devotional Book with a little tree and lights and all the ornaments all wrapped and ready to go! I was amazed that someone I had never met in real life would go through all that trouble and mail it to me to be sure I had it in time to do this with my daughter. The Hooleys even have 5 kids, I don’t even know how she did it. I am so grateful, thankful and blessed beyond words. Mahalo nui loa, Hooley ohana, we LOVE it! And you too, can’t wait to meet you guys…
Sun. 12/2 Jeffrey was home so we went to church. There’s a new series, It’s Always Christmas. And Pastor Kelly was back, it was so good to see him and hear about the great things happening in River Rock Philippines. He taught today about Mary and Joseph and their reaction to the news of the event that would change their life and how it can apply to our lives today. Joseph (at first) reacted out of fear, and Mary responded with faith. This is so poignant because it has always been how I’ve lived my life. I am a quick reactor and at first I react by being defensive and that is caused by fear…fear of being hurt, fear of being weak, fear of being taken advantage of. But God has been impressing upon me to be more like Mary and respond with faith. Don’t get me wrong, I still react, but I am slowly becoming better at not reacting out loud but taking it all in and responding with faith. Have I told you before how much I love my church?!? 😉 It’s not perfect, but it’s perfect for me…
During the evening, I went with Holly to her church, Lifepoint, women’s dessert gala. There were so many desserts, it was crazy! But I thought the best dessert was the red velvet cake she made with pecans, I just loved it! The Union High School Chorale sang for us as well, so that was nice.
Wed. 12/5 Most amazingest day ever. Stick with me here…so I did a little short land session with Jeffrey before pool. Jeffrey was kind of bossing me around, like he usually does, and demanded that I do 4 minutes on the treadmill. So I just took a deep breath and prayed my little “ICDAT” a short code for “I Can Do All Things” through Christ who gives me strength. And began walking. I pushed and held on and made it to the 4 minutes on 1.1 speed. AWESOME and give God the glory…I wouldn’t have been able to do it had I not stopped and took a deep breath and leaned into Him for strength and ability. Jason got to see a little bit of my walking, so that was cool.
Pool PT w/Jason was next and my BFF Toni came to watch my pool therapy. I did my normal routine and did a lot of free walking in the pool, unassisted. It’s been about a couple weeks or so that Jason found these water AFOs, just generic AFOs that can be used in the water. Since I’ve been using them, I’ve been able to walk more without my ankles buckling. I started off using a waist belt and noodle to help with balance/floating, supporting my trunk. Then he made these pvc poles to use to help me walk, kind of like ski poles, which someone would walk in front of me, facing me and holding the poles, helping me walk reciprocally. Then I finally got to a point where I could support myself correctly and now can walk without any aids, just me, the AFOs and the water. AMAZING. It’s a good thing I couldn’t see Toni because I think there were some tears there as she saw me walk =)
Then I get out of the pool and Jeffrey wasn’t done with me yet. So we get back in the gym and for some reason I got this idea, hey, let’s try walking with 2 canes! O.o so he gets 2 quad canes from the closet at the gym and I tried to walk. No, I didn’t TRY, I WALKED…idk if you remember, but the first time I tried this with Sean, it was like Bambi on ice…arms, legs, canes, all in different directions. Not this time. I walked a good 10′ and turned around and back with a gait belt on and Jeffrey barely touching me. I was AMAZED. For the first time during this journey, I could really see that walking unassisted will one day be a reality. Maybe not today, tomorrow or next week, but it was very encouraging and validating to see. I almost cried. Had Toni been there, I would’ve, LOL!!! Another Praise God moment.
Tonight was the first night of the Camas/Washougal Women’s Lifegroup Bible Study on the book by Lysa TerKeurst, Unglued. I’ve been so blessed by Proverbs 31 ministries daily email devotions, so when I found out about the Unglued book, I bought it on Kindle and encouraged my ma to get it too and then we decided we wanted to do the DVD bible study with me, my sis and my ma. But just one thing…we live too far away, so we didn’t have a chance to start it. Well, God must have really wanted me to do this study, so He found a way for me to find out about the study starting in Dec. A new dear friend Darci, headed up meal train this last go around and she was part of the CW Women’s Lifegroup and told me about the study and she said that they would find a way to get me into whatever house we were going to meet at. Well, I kind of suggested that maybe I could host and that would kill two birds so to speak? LOL I was a bit hesitant to bring it up with Jeffrey because I didn’t know how he would react, being that I had always overcommitted in the past with many things. But God must have laid it on his heart to be receptive and he didn’t even say his typical “I have to think about it” he just said “sure”. So there you go…I’m so looking forward to this study, I’ve never really been a part of a women’s group bible study like this before 😯 I know, so hard to believe, but it’s always been a goal of mine. It just all had to happen in God’s time.
Fri. 12/7 Went to sleep around 11ish, maybe midnight? Got woken up by an unusual JM at about 1 a.m….it started kind of in my chest/shoulder area. I could feel a distinct thumping motion in my arm, somewhat uncontrollable. It went down my left side and down my left leg to my toes. It was weird. Because I was totally in my sleep when it started and it lasted a good 1/2 hour. Haven’t had one since 11/12, but that didn’t last too long, and before that was Sept. 17. Strange…
Sun. 12/9 Today I was driven to church by Darci, she has been such a blessing to me, I thank God for bringing her into my life. We also went to lunch and had a good time.
So there’s some gaps here and I can’t remember what happened on those dates…I really need to keep up with this blog because I realize how much I have to be thankful for and how I need to share with the people who are continually praying for me that your prayers are being answered and things are happening. Please keep them up, I’m so grateful and blessed to have such wonderful people praying and sending positive thoughts and blessings.
HE>i, He IS the reason for this season…