April 21, 2015

I wasn’t able to sleep much and every time the nurse came in to give me the Lortab I took two, but only over night hoping it would help me sleep. It didn’t. I wasn’t in pain with my feet elevated except when my calves would spasm. It was about 0700 and I decided I was up for the day. I was relieved to be able to sleep past 0500 since I didn’t need another blood draw.

As I’m laying in bed I played on my phone and watched the sun rise out of the windows to my right. It was an awesome view but one that I hoped I had seen for the last time, at least from this angle. It was judgement day for me and I wanted to go home. My fiance showed up early in the morning so she could be present for the different departments that would come in to see if I was ready. As we wait out phones continued to blow up as people were asking and praying for me and my recovery. Thank you again to everyone that has been supportive!

The first visit was from the Physical Therapy Department and they were very surprised to see the injury as well. They haven’t had to deal with this injury before so they started with just asking questions such as how comfortable are you with getting from a bed to a wheel chair, how comfortable are you with using a wheel chair, and how do you think you would handle such and such situation. I answered the best way I knew how and they had more confidence in me than most patients, mostly because of my age and my fitness level. So now it was time to show them what I could do. I hoped into the wheel chair no problem. I wheeled myself around no problem, and we went down the hall to a door that was a physical therapy room. The two ladies went in and it was filled with many contraptions to help injured patients. Walkers, crutches, wheel chairs, scooters. Just inside the door to the right was a set of stairs, a stool and at the top of the 4 stairs was a chair. I had to get down out of the wheel chair, which I did on my own, and had to show them how I would maneuver the stairs. I had to do this because my house had stairs to get in and out. Since we were moving it didn’t make sense to have a ramp so I had to figure out how to get up and down the stairs. So I basically backed up to the first stair, put my hands on it and pushed myself up like doing a tricep dip. Then I would lift my feet and bring them closer to my body and do it again for the next stair until I was all the way up. Then I had to show them how I would get down and then up into a regular chair and then back into my wheel chair. It was much easier to get into a chair with the stool so I asked my fiance if she could get one later to help me get on things such as the couch, toilet and bed. The PT ladies said I passed with flying colors. On to the next department.

So we are back in my room now waiting for OT or Occupational Therapy. This department will ask me my situation at home/work and see if I need assistance doing the various things one does at home or work. This time it was just one lady that came in and she asked us a bunch of questions that either myself or my fiance had to answer. It didn’t take long and since I was a stay at home dad and we had people willing to help with our daughter, we were pretty covered. So it didn’t take long and the lady said I passed that part.

Now another lady came in about 10 mins later and told me about different places such as churches that would help us out with equipment if we decided to get certain things such as a shower bench. We took the flier with the info and she left.

Now a few hours have passed since my PT visit. They had ordered me a wheel chair to rent. It came in and I had to take it for a spin. This wheel chair was nice. It had arm rests that came off for me to easily transfer in and out of. It had “wheelie bars” in the back so the wheel chair doesn’t tip to far backwards. It also had movable leg rests that would elevate my feet so they’re horizontal to the floor. It was very nice and very clean. I signed my papers saying I’m taking the wheel chair and it was mine for the time being. This wheel chair is going to be my new legs for a while.

After another hour I got some more paperwork and this time is was for my discharge! I was headed home soon and was going to begin this crazy journey in the real world!

It took an entire cart to get all my gifts down to the car. Then my fiance came back and got me. One last double check around the room and we were off. Good bye 5th floor hallway. Good bye elevator. Good bye hospital and away we went. It was interesting to get into the car but I got it just fine. We had to go pickup our daughter before we headed home. I stayed in the car and asked my fiance to try to hurry with getting her because with my legs down, they were starting to hurt from all the blood and pressure building up.

We made it home and I now had to get myself onto the ground and scoot my way to the stairs, up the stairs, and into the house. My fiance had moved a few things so I could get around but I went straight to the couch and elevated my feet. I think this is when it hit my fiance that she was going to have to step up the responsibilities because I wasn’t going to be able to do much of anything again for a while. We get settled in and we take it easy for the rest of the day.

It was Tuesday the 31st and I realized that I needed to grab the digital copy of the TKD calendar to update on the website. So we make a trip to the TKD school and I got to see all the students there that night. It was nice to be there and surreal at the same time. I felt a little emotional knowing I would not be able to be out on the mats kicking and punching like I used to. I glossed over it and went into the office, copied the file and we were off. The fact that I wasn’t going to be training for a long while was on my mind the whole way home. I was still able to update the website though and it was my responsibility to do it. It’s an honor to be able to serve the school still.

We get home again and it was now time to do nothing all night. I was up on the couch icing my tendons and in and out of sleep since I finally had no interruptions. I was sent home with Percocet instead of the Lortab I was taking at the hospital and I had to start daily blood thinner shots to the belly.

I slept really well that night even with the one wake up from spams again. I had a two-step step stool that helped me get up and down from higher places like the toilet and the bed. I was satisfied for now with resting and my body was tired too. This journey is just beginning and was about to get even more interesting!

Thanks for reading!

~Mr. Stot~

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. donna  |  April 21st, 2015 at 20:51

    Thanks for the post. That’s pretty interesting that you’re using stairs with no legs. I didn’t even attempt going up and down on my bottom for about a month…Kudos to you!

  • 2. LindaF  |  May 12th, 2015 at 22:17

    How are you doing? Hope you are doing ok. It sounds like you are very determined and courageous.

  • 3. Mr. Stot  |  May 19th, 2015 at 14:36

    Sorry about not posting lately. I will be posting again soon! Thank you for your support!!! :D

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