I’ve been home from rehab for a little over a month. The current state of my condition is that I have some parasthesia and reduced dexterity in my hands as well as neuropathy and nearly complete paralysis of my ankles & toes. I’m using the walker to get around and I’m putting in full days at the office almost every weekday. I have outpatient physical therapy twice a week and occupational therapy once a week. Since my release, there hasn’t been a week that’s gone by without a visit to either my primary care physician or a specialist – the first appointment-free week is currently scheduled for the last week of August, although I suspect that week will fill up, too. The upcoming week includes a visit to the cardiologist to discuss adjusting my meds and a trip to the neurologists’ office for an nerve conduction study (EMG) to determine the degree of nerve damage to my lower legs.
Some days are definitely better than others. Don’t get me wrong; I am glad every day to be back home with Mrs & Baby Loco, but I have my ups and downs, be they physical, mental or emotional. Some days I have plenty of energy and I get a lot done, while other days I’m just exhausted all day, so I take naps and watch Family Guy.
The EMG test is a real cliffhanger. The way we can expect to live the rest of our lives is going to be determined on Thursday morning and we won’t even get the results for another month. Obviously, I’m hoping to regain control of my feet so that I can return to walking unassisted. I don’t think it’s false hope; I can make very slight movements on each side, which is better than the day I was released from rehab. I think it’s just going to take time and work.