One day, I woke up unable to move my head, and could not even lift my head off the pillow or even sit up. My legs were stiff as a board, and my knees would not bend, and my toes felt frozen. I was bed-ridden for a year. Every morning I was put in a sling, then into my wheel-chair, and dressed. My teeth and hair were brushed and I was then taken down to the dining room and hand fed for quite some time.
I was finally feeding myself; this felt good, not relying on the care-aids anymore. First I found it difficult, transferring left hand to right. This took me sometime before I was finished my meal.
Spending ninety-nine percent in bed, I had all the time in the world. I wasn’t able to move at all. I tried to turn my head, this was impossible. To look out, I could only hear the traffic driving back and forth out the window. Every morning I woke up to construction across the way.
I have been here two years, and walking for nine months. I don’t care how long it takes, I intend to walk out of this long term facility. My independence is finally coming back, and I am doing so much better in my wheelchair. Now that’s pretty good I’d say! Moving around! Doing things I could not do before.
I am now transferring from wheelchair to bus seat, and later on this week I will transfer to my son’s car! I am walking quite a bit, two days per week in physio. I now walk on my own with the help of Nicole, my physiotherapist, holding onto the tips of my fingers, down the hall to lunch.
Today during physio Nicole had me walking down the hallway; I would hold onto the railing and Nicole would hold the tips of my fingers on the other hand – then I would walk back to my room.
PS. I think back over these past three years, I found I took walking for granted. Getting up in the morning, doing my daily tasks, then all of a sudden this is taken away from you. I found within myself what I needed, the will and perseverance to carry on! Where there’s a will there’s a way. SO DON’T GIVE UP!!! Believe in yourself – the sky is the limit!!!