The Cripple Report: A Day in the Life

April 7, 2017

 

 

The Routine

 

I’ve been in the care center for several days now.  Today was omelet morning, so I asked if I could go down to the dining room.  I was treated to a ride in a wheel chair—whoo hoo!  The omelet was delicious.  I was delighted! 

 

I have PT and OT in the morning, then the rest of the day to myself.  The highlight of OT this morning is a stint on the kneeling scooter!  What a hoot!  It’s a combination of a tricycle (but with four wheels) and a scooter.  Instead of a seat, there is an elongated cushion for you to rest your knee on, thus elevating the gimp foot.  It has brakes and you can steer it.  You use your good leg and foot to propel forward.

 

 

 

 

It is SO FREEING.  It feels almost like riding a bicycle—creating a slight breeze.  The therapist keeps telling me to slow down and that she wasn’t going to run to keep up with me!  I heard the “Ride of the Valkyries” playing in my head! (https://goo.gl/fUaOBI)

 

This afternoon the activities director came by and introduced herself and encouraged me to join in the group sing-a-long, the ball toss game or bingo, etc.  I politely declined.  There will be plenty of time to enjoy those activities in fifteen or twenty years!

 

The staff has been wonderful.  I think the nurses appreciate that I don’t push my call button incessantly, and that I am somewhat cogent!

 

 

Christmas!

 

My “Boomer” (Escapees Group that I camp with in Quartzsite) friend, Georgia Griffiths, who lives an hour north of here, drove down with my computer, some toiletries, and several changes of clothes and underwear today.  I’ve been wearing the same clothing as the day I fell…  five days and counting.  Hopefully I don’t smell…

 

The two other angels, Connie and Larry Farquar, have gotten the car hooked up to the motorhome and collected necessary survival items from my RV and brought them to friend Georgia. I am one lucky lady!

 

I feel a flush of exhilaration as I fire up my computer!  YES!!!  They have good Wi-Fi here so, if I do end up with extended stay here, at least I’ll be happy!  I immediately start chronicling my most recent adventure.

 

The “Evacuation” Update

 

Things are still up in the air with the “evacuation” of the RV and me. I talk to the company every day, and the latest is that perhaps midweek next week they will be able to get the RV moving.  For some reason, even though I have no more control here than at home, I don’t want to go home until I know the RV is on the road.  In San Diego, I’m 100 miles away from my motorhome and car; In Albuquerque, I would be 800 miles away. It just seems like I shouldn’t abandon Chauncey and George until I’m sure when the actual transport will be happening.  Meanwhile, I am getting antsy.

 

Amazingly my spirits are high.  I think it’s because I’m so cognizant of all the amazing good will that has come my way.  I keep replaying all the moments that could have gone so wrong.  Miraculously, things seem to be working out!

 

 

Jump to April 11:  Let’s get this show on the road!

 

April 11 is the magic day. The puzzle just fell into place!  That day the evacuation service called to say that they had a driver for my RV.  I am also told by the nursing staff that I had an appointment on the 13th to get my stiches out and get a boot!  Icing on the cake was that PT released me and gave me permission to fly. The evacuation service got a non-stop flight for me to Albuquerque on the 14th as well as transportation to the airport, and the RV would be home on the 15th!!!  Awesome!  Can you believe this?! I immediately got online and ordered a knee walker/scooter from Amazon Prime!  No wonder my spirits are high!

 

All I need now is a cardboard box for my clothes!

 

 

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Note:  I think we are all tired of my carrying on about my accident.  I will publish one more episode to bring you up to date, and then I’ll get back to reporting on all the places I’ve visited!  Thanks for all your support!

16 Comments

  1. Louise & David Oyster
    Jul 2, 2017

    Hi, Rhonda! I am so very happy that you were able to go home–evidently on April 14th; and we look forward to the next update. By the way, we enjoyed hearing “Ride of the Valkyries” again and looking at the pictures of Wagner as it played.
    Thank you for your posts. You are one special lady, Rhonda! God bless you.

    • Rhonda
      Jul 2, 2017

      Thanks so much. Louise! It means so much that you are following along on this “adventure!” Hope you both are well!

  2. Chloe Derian
    Jul 2, 2017

    Hey all the stuff on your recovery is just as interesting so keep us posted as your days go by. Info on having the Rv transported etc is something we all my need come one day so this is good to know. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    • Rhonda
      Jul 2, 2017

      Ha! Thanks, Chloe! I tried to look at it as an adventure….and sometimes I had to work at keeping that frame of mind! Glad you are enjoying the journey! Keep in touch!

  3. Charlene
    Jul 2, 2017

    Love hearing any and all from you, Rhonda!

  4. Mandy
    Jul 2, 2017

    You are amazing!! Such a bright outlook on what was a pretty dismal situation. You are the poster child for “Attitude is everything!” I am glad that things are moving in a positive direction and I’m guessing that by now, you have been reunited with your RV and hopefully your “home” home. I chuckled when you wrote that you refused to do the group sing-along. I found that amusing. Not something you should be doing just yet. LOL Have a Happy 4th! Sending love…

    • Rhonda
      Jul 2, 2017

      Thanks so much, Mandy! Always so good to hear from you!

  5. Mary Burroughs
    Jul 3, 2017

    Good to hear from you, Rhonda. Sending good thoughts for your continued recovery. Keep up the spirit!

    • Rhonda
      Jul 3, 2017

      Hey Mary! Thanks for your support! One day at a time!

    • Rhonda
      Jul 5, 2017

      Mary! Thanks for reading my blog! Hope you are well!

  6. Sandra Hubbs
    Jul 3, 2017

    So nice to hear that FMCA program works.Keep getting better.

    • Rhonda
      Jul 3, 2017

      Thanks Sandra! FMCA certainly saved the day for me!

  7. Barb Morrison
    Jul 4, 2017

    This late Spring, there was a rumor about a woman who was spotted riding a kneeling scooter on the sidewalks of Albuquerque while singing Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries in a boisterous level. Know anything about that! Rhonda’s?

    • Rhonda
      Jul 5, 2017

      Gee! A woman after my own heart! So good to hear from you, Barb!

  8. Lynda
    Jul 9, 2017

    Sorry Rhonda, “Cripple” doesn’t apply now that you’ve graduated to the kneeling scooter. It was a joy to see you get around so easily at ELCC! Congratulations! Now, you have more mobility, more speed and more maneuverability than I’ll ever have with two legs. I dub thee Speedy Gonzales, until you surrender that labor-saving device!

    • Rhonda
      Jul 9, 2017

      Thanks for your comment, Lynda. I’m “moving right along” so to speak!

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