This is an update, mostly duplicate of FaceBook. I started writing it Saturday, Sept. 29 and finished it tonight.
My balance, stamina and etc. improve every day. I am still going up stairs one at a time but physical therapy is aimed toward making my legs stronger, especially the prosthetic side. The exercised I'm doing are: leg pulls' (elastic band attached to wall at ankle height, pull in a controlled way all directions, 30 at a time, on both legs); squats with a bar/counter, 'toe-ups', Step-ups both facing the step and step to the side (up, making sure I lift the prosthetic side high enough and squarely, then slowly back down with sound leg). And we added time on a exercycle to get more strength and stamina in both legs.
I get steadier and steadier on my feet, I no longer feel that I'm off balance. Going up or down stairs one at a time is not scary any more, so I'm' back home. Shower seat is upstairs. We went shopping today, I was able to walk farther with comfort than I thought I could because all the carts were out at WalMart.
Interim visit to prosthetist today to show him video of bobble I was making when I walk. He made adjustments and it feels better now. Tomorrow back to PT, yaay.
Things are going well, have cleaned more parts of the second floor bathroom and will continue to make improvements. I want to bring up my 'rubber plant' up there to live on the counter. the room has lots of light, even in the winter and moisture too.
I need to bring the commode seat upstairs, when I have my leg off I am too hard on the toilet getting up. That toilet is secure but on top of a very uneven floor, so I want help it out.
And tomorrow afternoon we will reattain a bed-free dining room. Need to take the new bottle of Old English down and work over the table we got at the neighborhood garage sale (it has been on the porch since then). Then we need to attain chairs.
I am getting stronger at walking, it is getting more comfortable to wear Peggy Sue (yes, I named it). Comfort is a matter of feeling how it is wearing, if there is too much room I need to add a layer or two of prosthetic socks. So far, I haven’t had to reduce them except from day to day.
Today, for example, I wore her most of the day except for laying down for a nap. It was hard to take her off as I am getting ready for bed. Tomorrow, after PT I may want to taker her off for a while, as the sessions have been making my knee ache (still getting used to the weight, etc. after an absence of such for a long while).
I moved upstairs Saturday after 138 days either in hospital (12 days in hospital) and the rest living in the dining room where a rented hospital bed was placed.
YAAY, we get our dining room back. They will be getting it tomorrow, Tuesday. And move the rest of my crap upstairs in pieces so it is all together back here. I have a walker up here for night bathroom trips, I am getting the rollator walker upstairs tomorrow, too, so I have something to sit on when I'm washing stuff like my shrinkers and socket liner.
Progress is being made to 'back to normal' for new values of normal. Yum! is. as always, still dismayed at everything new and different, and skittish, Angelina is going, 'oh, the other naked ape is back upstairs and AT HOME, I can beg her for food every time she goes to the bathroom!" Siggie and Ripley are going to miss the hospital bed, every time I've been downstairs today, they have been sleeping on it. I have removed all but the sheet and 'cushion' blanket I was using, plus there is a surplus pillow that I will bring back up here.
I'm going to be emptying out my closet, getting rid of as much unnecessary crap as possible (there is at least one box of garb that is plastic, can be removed to the basement after I make sure I have anything I use out of it -- RenFest stuff only. Then I'm going to be getting rid of excess clothing, a) I have too much and b) I'm firmly into 1X size now, not bigger. I'm sure I have some things still that I had when I was way larger, too.
All in all, I'm approaching happy right now. Things are coming to a better place.