Yesterday I met with the nurse who will be stopping by to check on me for a few weeks and today I met the occupational therapist who will be stopping in.

I liked both ladies very much and they offered some much needed advice. The occupational therapist gave me some interesting exercises to try. One will come easy to me as we’ve played that “game” in my family for years! It’s hitting a balloon to someone or to myself. It’s a good exercise for my balance. Only to do it until I get tired or feel off-balance.

Another one is using a clothes pin on a curtain. Clipping it at different heights and grabbing it from different distances. But the most important exercise she gave me was to do everyday, functional things…like loading the dishwasher or folding laundry. Make it a goal to do it. If I have trouble, then stop and pick it up later. To not push it. It will not only give me a good gage, but it will also make me feel useful around the house.

She also stressed the importance of listening to my body. When I’m overly tired…rest. If I need to nap…nap. Also recommended a hand-held shower head which would help I think.

Also taking a short drive to get used to being in the car again. Not any destination in mind but just a drive.

Both nurses have both been here about a year and adjusting to Maine life. The occupational therapist lives nearby actually and had admired our yard and garden as she’s driven by. Maybe I’ll hire her to winterize my roses! LOL

I was exhausted after she left. I think because I did too much “work” on my computer in the morning. Got my finances in
order, which took awhile.

I meet with Kelli, the nurse again on Wednesday.

Get Better Bears

My family has a little bit of a tradition that whenever someone in our family is ill, we give them a “Get Better Bear”.  My sister Dori kept this tradition alive by getting me a “GB Bear” for my stay in the hospital. A real comfort from home.

Then along the journey I received three other bears! Some people knew of the tradition, others didn’t, but it somehow fit. They all share a spot on my bedside table now keeping me company and watching over me. They, as well as all the prayers and cards I received, have helped in my recovery.

Besides, who can resist a fuzzy, cute little bear! It just makes you feel better!

Not to be confused with the “Care Bears” I made reference to in my first entry!

Fresh Air

I didn’t sleep as well last night, but still slept. Each time I get up in the middle of the night, I’m finding myself always thinking of the moment the aneurysm made me aware of its existence. I’ll probably relive that moment quite a bit. I don’t dwell on it, I just think about it.

I awoke with a pretty good headache. I did not feel good at all. I ate breakfast, but still didn’t feel good. I took some Tylenol, but it barely made a dent. I needed the stronger pain killer they had prescribed, so I asked Dave to please go out and get that for me.

Around 10:00 this morning, I could no longer keep my eyes opened and went to bed. I awoke at 1:30 when Dave got back from running all his errands.

The pain killer I was prescribed is called Lortab, but its more common name is Vicodin. That I have heard of and I was looking forward to taking at least one to see if it would knock this pain out.

Dave made us some lunch and I took one Vicodin around 2:00, then decided since it was a sunny, but very cool day, I needed some fresh air. I haven’t had it in over three weeks. I bundled up, grabbed a large cup of hot tea and ventured out with Dave’s help.

A short time after I sat down, flowers from Geiger in Lewiston were delivered to me. How thoughtful of them to do that. Apparently the owner, Peter Geiger, had an aneurysm a few years back, so he kind of knows what I’m going through.

It’s amazing what some sun on your face and some fresh air in your lungs can do. I felt so good to there. Not only to be on my deck in the fresh air, but to see that view again and to be able to be there again to enjoy it. I had a moment of tears, but it was happiness.

I also realized how much I have to do in my garden to button it up for winter. Not sure when, or how we’ll get to that. I also have a ton of tulips to be planted!

Once I got too chilly, I came back in. Dave cooked spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and we enjoyed a nice dinner together with my feeling better.

I think all I did yesterday was too much and I paid for it today. It’s going to take me awhile to realize what I can and cannot do.

I’ll just be happy to be home this weekend!