Nine months ago today, I had my stroke. I don’t always remember the 24th of each month but today it struck me. I know I have a ways to go but I have made a lot of progress in those 9 months. This week I am waking before my alarm goes off and more alert than I have been. The only thing ms I can attribute that to are either: 1. my brain is making its way back to “normal” or 2. I put a fan on my bedside table to combat that hot flashes that have come back (I didn’t have them for months after the stroke but they have returned). I am going with option 1 because my brain does seem to be getting more with the program. My stamina through the day is stronger and I haven’t had a nap or felt exhausted until it’s time to go to bed.
Treadmill (aka “dreadmill”) is going well. I’m up to 20 minutes/1/2 mile at speed 1.5. I will hang at this pace for a little bit and let my body get used to it. Funny thing, last night I started on 1.0 for a few seconds before going up to 1.5 and it felt SO slow! I was just on speed 1.0 a couple of months ago!
I start back in PT/OT next Wednesday (3 weeks after Botox injections) and I’m looking forward to it. I went to this location (Frazier Rehab in Shelbyville) in the summer before being transferred to Frazier Rehab Neuro Rehab On Brownsboro Road. So I know pretty much what/who to expect. The last time I was at the Shelbyville location, I was in a wheelchair and had very little movement in my arm. I remember my PT walked with me around the therapy gym and I walked SO choppy. Can’t wait for them to see how far I’ve come!
Next Wednesday I also see Dr. Gormley for a follow up to my Botox injections. For my foot, as painful (PAINFUL!) as it was, it was totally worth it! For my arm, I can see a minor difference(Tony says he can see a bigger difference than I can) but I’m definitely less tight than I was. Botox is AHHH-mazing. If only Dr. G would have let me have the leftovers for my forehead!! (Believe me, I dropped some hints but he wasn’t picking them up!).
I registered my team for the Color Run on June 9th. My family and cousins and I are going to walk it. This is the third year I’ve registered for it but I missed last year because I was in the hospital. I’m looking forward to it and am comforted that it’s not a timed race. Lol. Tony and Taylor are doing the Derby Mini in April and I’ll be at the finish line. With doughnuts and a camera!
I’ve personally compared my recovery to that of a baby’s first years of growth. It takes them time to learn to walk and balance appropriately. They don’t come out of the womb running (thank God! Can you imagine how chaotic that would be?!). So I’m trying to cut myself some slack on where I think I should be versus where I am. Which is HARD for this type A personality. Really, really hard. But I know that God is in control, not me. And I credit him with all victories, big and small!
Happy Hump Day!!