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Sunday, November 16th, 2014 09:24 pm
An update on the state of the me:
I'm continuing to make progress, even though the rate of improvement has become frustratingly slow.
I still have to wear my back brace (that will be the case until at LEAST mid-December). It's cumbersome, but not actively uncomfortable unless I accidentally tighten it too much or have it snug and then eat a big meal.
I can get around reasonably well, if a bit slowly. My normal walking speed is between 3.5 and 4 mph. I haven't timed it this week, but last week it was almost 2 mph. I am moving faster now, but I don't have measurements to say how MUCH faster.
Most of my range of motion is pretty good. Riding in a car is still not comfortable, but I can manage just about any other normal daily motions. The biggest exception to this is I can't bend forward very well (think "touch your toes"). Even though I am limited with this, I can also see progress -- a week ago, I could barely bend forward far enough to reach my knees. This week, I can manage to reach 1/3 to 1/2 way down my shin, so that's good.
The biggest single evidence of progress this week is probably going to sound very trivial. When I put on my socks in the morning, I typically sit with one ankle crossed over the opposite knee. Until a few days ago, I could not get into this position without using my hands to pull my "crossing" leg into position, and then it was uncomfortable. This week, I can bring my leg into position without using my hands and without discomfort.
My biggest challenge is probably my right hand -- or at least the one that is at the forefront of my mind as I type this! The hand is still swollen, and while I still have full range of motion and strength in that hand, I do not have full sensitivity. Needless to say, this makes typing an interesting challenge -- although that is steadily improving, too.

TL/DR? I've still got a good bit of ground to cover, but I *am* covering it, and I *will* get there. I will not allow any other option!
Monday, November 17th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to 'see' you!!!!

And even more glad to know you're still getting better!
Monday, November 17th, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
+throws confetti everywhere, then cleans it up+

I am so glad for you.
Monday, November 17th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
If my car had not been in the shop all my week of Vacay I would probably have been bugging y'all to see if I could come back and help more.
Monday, November 17th, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
Oh she's good as new now, and pretty to boot. Just took them longer to get her back to me than I anticipated.
Monday, November 17th, 2014 03:36 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see you' making progress. Be well.
Monday, November 17th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC)
{{hugs}} Thanks for the update, amigo. Just remember, progress forward is always good but pushing yourself too hard too soon causes worse frustration!
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Monday, November 17th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
REALLY, you couldn't! (Thank you for being a good dragon patient during this!)
Monday, November 17th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
Glad things are getting better!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 02:08 am (UTC)
I am very glad you are getting better. Slowly is better than not at all.
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
{{{HUGS}}} Good to hear you are still improving, even if it's slowed down a lot and isn't the leaps and bounds of the first two weeks any more.

You will definitely get there, and I'm impressed by how good a patient you're being considering you have no practice at it! Although I am still going to come back early next year and get proper Dragon hugs :)
Edited 2014-11-22 11:32 pm (UTC)
Monday, November 17th, 2014 05:47 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you are making progress!
And if your hand is swollen, that's sounding a lot more peripheral (rather than brain-related) to me. This is a good thing. :)
The interesting thing about recovery from a big hit like this is, it's not about going BACK, but going forward, not only whole but with new insights, abilities, and skills. That you'll do this, I have no doubt whatsoever.
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)

So glad to hear from you. So pleased you are well and improving....

I have no doubt you will get there.

Hugs to Rhi.