People receiving therapy

Necessity is the Mother of Invention 05/15/2015

May, 2015

I’m not sure if it was my last blog, or maybe my husband just got tired of hearing me whine. But either way, I’m thrilled that he finally discovered the answer to my sore hands. Pipe Insulation!

I’ve had a few recommendations. The most common is (more…)

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In Appreciation of Walking 05/12/2015

May, 2015

I have a new appreciation for people who can’t walk. Walking makes life so easy! You just stand up and go – anywhere your feet can take you. Whether it’s a cup of water, going to the bathroom, or walking out to your car to take you almost anywhere, it the easiest most efficient form of transportation there is.

So, when the doctor told me I basically wouldn’t be able to us use oneWalker of my legs for 6 weeks I was pretty naïve in understanding what this meant. I figured I’d (more…)

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Confessions of a Work-A-Holic 05/04/2015

May, 2015

On the surface, things are going quite well. I saw my surgeon last Monday and he is optimistic about my outcome (which we won’t know for several months), and had my 1st official physical therapy appointment with my expert orthopedic therapist, Siiri Berg, MPT, OCS. I was looking forward to writing about this first appointment because even being an experienced PT, I learned so much about the post-surgery rehabilitation which has not been my specialty.

 

However, on Thursday, (more…)

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Crutches, Walkers and Canes, OH MY! 04/28/2015

April, 2015

 Prior to surgery, I had planned to get my shoulders “in shape” with my crutches. I practiced a few times, but it was pretty hard to slow my walking down that much until being forced to. Now I realize, after 28+ years of thinking I know how to instruct my patients in how to use crutches, a walker, or cane, and WOW – (more…)

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April 23, 2015-Caregiver Consciousness

April, 2015

I have a wonderful caregiver (and husband), as well as a back up 20 year old son who just moved back home to switch from OSU Corvallis to our local Cascade Campus. (Great timing 🙂 ). Yet, there’s lots to learn about being dependent, how to ask, stay in self-care mode, and not burn out the person who is still doing ALL of his usual work, plus running back and forth to cater to my every need.

The first few days were (more…)

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Surgery Essentials

April, 2015

I’ve been a caregiver for a long time, and have had my share of in-patient and home health experiences but there’s truly nothing like being the patient to get a real understanding of how challenging it is to be fully dependent on someone else. I’ve come up with some things that no one would have every told me about, that may someday help any of you (or your friends) who may need (more…)

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Home to Heal:

April, 2015

Crutches, naps, pain pills, help with moving my leg, a nice visit on the deck in 70 degree weather with my dear sweet mom. So glad I got (more…)

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The last few days:

April, 2015

The last few days:
As I awoke from surgery, how silly that “work thoughts” were streaming through my mind. HA! Then the pain…it seemed like the nurse was asking me every 30 seconds, “what is It now”. It hung out at a 7-8/10 for a while, then started to (more…)

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Tender Moments:

April, 2015

It’s the 16th and Scott is about to drive me to surgery. We pause for a looooong hug. Thoughts race through my mind; from gratitude for his constant loving support, to the knowledge that this IS surgery and anything could happen. It can evoke “worst case scenarios” in my thinking. Then I realize (more…)

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Drugs:

April, 2015

“What will the pain medications be like?” This has been a particularly interesting part of the journey as I am allergic to codeine which includes the standard post-surgery drugs such as hydromorphone, oxycodone, and tramadol. I tried Diladid prior to surgery and not only did it not change my pain but (more…)

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