Medical Update 2.22.24

Stardate 2-22-24… Always wanted to start a story that way. 🙂

Where to start. First, feeling a lot better this week than I did the last three or so. Weather has been weird, but a good bit of pain from the weather changes went away with the original shoulder joints. I do feel cold changes sometimes, but it is easily (for now) managed with ibuprofen. Major weather changes still aren’t fun, but are a lot better.

If I haven’t shared this before, it is something to know if you know someone who gets hit by lightning. Keep in mind it is not just any neural/cardiac damage. There is a LOT of energy running through the person, and when you dump that much energy into a system you get lots of things going on, from the possibility of internal burns to overloading systems. For me, in addition to cardiac and neural issues, I’ve had digestive joys and other delights. I’m just glad it’s not worse given the number of rather important glands and organs that were in the path of flow in my body.

Some people seem genuinely surprised that there isn’t a magic test that can tell you yes/no you were hit by lightning and here’s the damage it did. Some of it is going to be obvious at the start, and some seems to build. I still tend to think quantum probability cascades are a thing for those of us hit by lightning, as it would explain a number of things. There are a host of things large and small that seem to pop up in the aftermath.

On the good news front, aside from feeling a bit better than I did, the cardiac referral I was after finally got done. The bad news is that the earliest I can be seen officially is July. The quiet news is that I was told what number to call, and when to start calling, to try to score a cancelled appointment. My goals for the referral are to get answers on the mystery diagnosis I still can’t get answers about; and, to get a second opinion on all current official diagnoses and medications.

I really want to rule out the mystery diagnosis for a number of reasons. Prime one being that if it is accurate, there isn’t a lot that can be done. I think there may be a way to try to force it into a live-with rather than die-from thing, but that’s another reason for the consult. Find out what is going on and what can be done.

Frankly, what I would love to do is get me where I can go camping later this summer, maybe out West. I want to get things where I can move given my current insurance will not transfer to any state in the SW. Even feeling as bad as I have I’ve been getting in some walking. It is good for me, and I enjoy it.

On the not so good front, found out my primary care doc is having medical issues of his own. Just had my next appointment pushed out almost two months. Something had told me to start looking around, so am going to step that up just in case. Have a couple of leads, going to follow-up on them.

There is a small possibility of some more tests needing to be run, will see. The Big C is something that seems to pop up with some lightning strike victims, and with my family history we are keeping a sharp eye out.

I may not be moving fast, but I’m still moving and working to do more. Getting the consult is a huge step in the right direction I think, and I’m hoping it both goes well and that I might end up with better cardiology care out of it. I hope so, and will be glad if I just get honesty. No slam intended at current cardiologist or PCP, as most of the problems seem to lie elsewhere. But it is very frustrating some days, especially since where some of the problems seem to lie can’t or won’t tell me a darn thing. More than ever wonder about fraud with some of it, but want to tread lightly on that topic for now.

That’s the high points for now. I’m happy with finally getting the consult and hope to get in much sooner than planned. As for the rest, this too shall pass. Onwards.

Getting hit by lightning is not fun! If you would like to help me in my recovery efforts, which include moving once we have medical issues cleared up, feel free to hit the fundraiser at A New Life on GiveSendGo, use the options in the Tip Jar in the upper right, or drop me a line to discuss other methods. It is thanks to your gifts and prayers that I am still going. Thank you.

A Bit Conflicted

Today was a milestone. Today was my currently last schedule PT appointment.

May not seem like something, but for the last eight months I’ve been doing physical therapy two- to three-times a week. We have made tremendous progress on restoring range of motion and strength to my shoulders (and arms/chest). My range of motion is so much better than it was that it’s not funny.

I have more visits approved, but there are two big considerations in play. One is getting the most out of those visits. Right now, looks like the best way to do that is to hit the gym at least three times a week and keep doing things at home on the days I don’t. Push for a month or two, go back for testing and measurements, refine, lather, rinse, repeat.

The other consideration is that I may require PT for other issues, and there is no guarantee that such will be approved right now because of politics. Short version is that Indiana Gov. Petri Dish pushed a major expansion on state coverage of care providers for children and adults, promising it was forever. The program, of course, cost more than planned and required funds from the slush fund to help cover. Can’t have that, the vote buying was for the last election, not this one, so a number of people are hearing the usual from the Gov: Sucks to be you.

Problem is, insurance companies are taking note and wondering if there will be other cuts, state or federal, and are being cautious. This includes being cautious about things like physical therapy which may, or may not, be reimbursed by government. If the government doesn’t pay for some it has been, those costs have to be covered somehow, so…

We are banking the visits I have left just in case there are issues getting new visits approved. There really shouldn’t be a problem, but why take chances.

That said, it already feels weird knowing I’m not headed back next Monday or Tuesday. It feels weird knowing I’m not going to be joking with my regular physical therapist, talking food and music with B-man, teasing D about a rabbit beating her up even as she swears it was a bear and she came out the winner, and laughing with the others at the goings on. When people are a part of your life for eight or more months…

Who knows what is to come. One thing I do know is that I want to hit the gym next week, and do right so that when I do go back, I can show that the progress we have made together has been continued. Forward!

Getting hit by lightning is not fun! If you would like to help me in my recovery efforts, which include moving once we have medical issues cleared up, feel free to hit the fundraiser at A New Life on GiveSendGo, use the options in the Tip Jar in the upper right, or drop me a line to discuss other methods. It is thanks to your gifts and prayers that I am still going. Thank you.

Midweek Update

Lots going on in the world still, but still far from one hundred percent. Started feeling bad Saturday, felt like dreck on Sunday, and still haven’t bounced back. Feeling a bit better, but not even close to where I would like to be. The news of the world isn’t helping. Thank goodness for blood pressure meds…

First, say the names Sgt. William Jerome Rivers (Carrolton, GA), Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders (Waycross, GA), and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett (Savannah, GA). I wish I had the names of all the wounded who came before them, or were wounded with them, but I don’t. If those attacks had been responded to professionally and decisively at the time, these troops would not be dead and the Red Sea would not be the mess it is.

If you really want your blood pressure to go up, check out the reports that the families had to fill out paperwork to get a call from Biden. I’m hearing that it is correct, that the Regency wanted paperwork done (and asses covered) before the call was made. If you want to know how the Biden Regency (and the Biden family for anyone but Beau) views those who serve… Wonder how many times he brought up Beau with these families? Word is the demented meat puppet will be at Dover, and I wonder how many times the POS will check his watch this time.

Fox News?

As for retaliation, I’m not optimistic on anything useful being done. Hearing a lot of what went on with the Houthi situation: give warnings, time to evacuate people and supplies, etc. Then again, ten percent of whatever cut is being gotten from the six billion is a lot of money. We really need to not do the “nice” thing this time, and a certain Iranian intelligence and control ship needs to be on the bottom of the Red Sea. Lot’s of countries who are PO’d about the Red Sea situation have subs, just sayin’… Though I would bet on it being less than 24-hours before someone in the Regency blabbed.

I wish I was up to more. Iran is pushing, North Korea appears to be preparing, and lots of other things are happening on top of that. Good news here is that some low blood ox levels appear to be more low battery level than anything else. When it comes to medical, get as much redundancy in your system as you can. Particularly in monitoring and related gear. I’m working on getting an appointment with a new cardiologist, but part of that depends on others, so we will see. I will find a way to make it happen.

Other than some cooking this weekend, only “fun” thing I’ve done is play with culturing a sourdough starter. Will share more soon, even if it goes completely south, as it has been fun and I had some amazing biscuits this morning made with the “discard” from the feedings. If it works, well, I’m going to eat well even in an emergency I think.

Working on a food preparedness idea that I may share even before I have things fully worked out. Essentially one case of canning jars and a few other items gives several people enough to last 2-4 weeks (and have a long-term reserve of certain essentials). Can augment or boost short rations for a longer time. Also, lots of options for ensuring some “fun” things as well.

So far, glad to see things not getting out of hand in Texas. FYI, Texas is not defying the Supreme Court. The ruling simply lifted an injunction, and did not prevent Texas from taking actions. The Feds can take actions, and Texas can string more wire and take other actions as well as the case winds through the courts. The only thing that concerns me right now is that the Biden Regency has a knack for picking the stupidist option in any situation, and running with it. So far, that seems to be the LNG action, but if there is a way to stick the pistol in their pants and AD, the Biden Regency will find it.

BUCEEEEEEEES!

BTW, if anyone knows how to get the Buc-ee’s combat patch, do let me know as I WANT ONE! That’s just too good and mocks so mercilessly….

More soon I hope.

Getting hit by lightning is not fun! If you would like to help me in my recovery efforts, which include moving once we have medical issues cleared up, feel free to hit the fundraiser at A New Life on GiveSendGo, use the options in the Tip Jar in the upper right, or drop me a line to discuss other methods. It is thanks to your gifts and prayers that I am still going. Thank you.

No Worries

Sorry I haven’t been posting more, as there is a LOT to keep an eye on. From Texas to the Orient, things are stirring. That said, I’ve been having to deal with some things, health and other, that have been impacting my ability to post. Or at least in regards the time to post. Nothing earthshattering or urgent crisis (I hope) on my part, but a definite PITA.

If I’m offline for a bit, please be patient. For good content, allow me to recommend: Stephen Green at PJ and Instapundit; David Strom, Beege, and company at HotAir; Leslie Eastman and the fine folk at Legal Insurrection; and, my intel list at X. Those folks are doing a good job and come up with some good info and analysis.

Not planning to be offline too much, but what you plan for never happens so planning as if I were. 🙂 Hope to get a Sunday post up, but no guarantees as I’ve been cooking while I could (landlord and housemate both gone during the days) and hope to start a little preparedness project that I would like to share soon. Also trying to make my own sourdough starter with the help of some kind people. If it does culture and work out, will share.

Seriously, be prepared. There are multiple possible Sandstones and Firelights out there, and I’m not even having to try hard to see ways they and more could go sideways. FWIIW, the ability to purify (not filter) water should be high on the list, as food and more follow it. Food is negotiable to some extent, water is not. Just a thought.

Again, not planning to be offline too much, but trying to cover a base just to be safe. Be prepared, keep your things where you can find them in the dark, and keep your friends close. Let’s rock.

Getting hit by lightning is not fun! If you would like to help me in my recovery efforts, which include moving once we have medical issues cleared up, feel free to hit the fundraiser at A New Life on GiveSendGo, use the options in the Tip Jar in the upper right, or drop me a line to discuss other methods. It is thanks to your gifts and prayers that I am still going. Thank you.

Shoulder Update

With the car iffy, and the car door still not working, decided to walk to the doctor’s appointment this morning. It’s not far, and usually just about a fifteen minute walk (20 if traffic is interesting). With single digit temps and below-zero wind chills, I dressed in layers and even put on the neck gator, face saver, and broke out Fluffy into full cold combat mode. Had to open up a bit to get the phone and yes I forgot to hit the glasses with anti-fog…

Got there early as had allowed a good bit of extra time just in case, and the doc was able to see me early. Short version: he’s very happy with how things are going, and said he was good with no restrictions and starting to move into building strength in both arms. Still a ways to go on stretching out muscles and tendons in both arms, but now we can truly start to work it.

Heard back from the insurance company on the change in my PCP/GP. They are blaming it on a system update that somehow mysteriously caused the change. Purportedly they have changed it back. Still have the doctor’s office checking things just to be safe, as aside from some COVID-related issues, I really like this doc. One of his goals is to get me into good enough shape that I can stop taking some of the medicines I’m currently prescribed. He’s into whole-body health, prevention, and other things I think are good things. Would like to keep him for a while longer.

Tomorrow, will take the bus and go get more anti-freeze and see if I can get the car thawed out and the door to close. Really don’t want to drive it holding the door shut manually, though I have had to do that before. Am also going to check into taking the bus to PT, just to be safe. I really don’t want to miss another day.

Meantime, Iran is feeling frisky, the Biden Regency/Obama II The Dementia Boogaloo is a laughingstock to our enemies (and even to many allies), and the enemies of civilization are parading openly in Europe, Canada, and here. Hope to get to some of that later today, but will see how it goes. Be warm; be safe; and keep your friends and family close, and your things where you can find them in the dark. Be prepared.

Getting hit by lightning is not fun! If you would like to help me in my recovery efforts, which include moving once we have medical issues cleared up, feel free to hit the fundraiser at A New Life on GiveSendGo, use the options in the Tip Jar in the upper right, or drop me a line to discuss other methods. It is thanks to your gifts and prayers that I am still going. Thank you.

Lightning Memories

I had hoped to get this done earlier this week, but between the car going toes up, shopping, and other delights I’m a bit behind. While there is a lot going on in the world, I thought I would share a bit about memories after being hit by lightning. The recent passing of David Drake, along with thoughts on The Inklings and other things made me realize that I should probably document a bit, and hopefully you may enjoy it. May you never need the info…

While I have good analogies for filing cabinets and card catalogs (that date me a bit), the best analogy is in computer terms. Leaving aside the short-term memory issues that come with being hit by lightning, the long-term memory issues seem to be largely a case of the root directory being corrupted. In short, they think that most or all of the memories are still there, but the brain doesn’t know where to find them anymore.

Let’s face it, getting hit by lightning is going to have an effect on the most powerful bio-electric computer currently known to exist in the universe. That is exactly what the brain is, and given that the lightning appears to have hit me in or maybe just behind the right ear, I’m just thankful that damage is not worse. It could, and even should, have been so. As it is, still not sure of the best visual analogy but two seem to fit the bill: the lightning-like electrical arcs and surges inside and out when a starship is hit by a phaser or photon torpedo, or Battlestar Galactica’s last jump where portions of the outer hull and other chunks are breaking off and drifting down to the surface of the moon as the ship shudders past towards Earth.

It’s amazing the amount of trivia that is still there and pokes out on occasion. Stephen Green (VodkaPundit) made a WKRP reference the other day that I not only got, but remembered that there was a line from Dr. J. Fever that would make a good hook for sharing. That said, it is beyond frustrating to have someone who clearly was a significant part of my life contact me, and I have no memory of them. To know that I was close to dating someone, and not being able to remember their name. The thousand and one times I hit a brick wall in the middle of a conversation because the memory and information I need is not there. Let’s not even get into the fact that if I were going to lose memories why could it not be the ones I would cheerfully live without?

It would be easy to scream, curse, rant and even blame God — but it wouldn’t be right. Instead, it reminds me to be grateful for what I do have, memories included. To understand that there is a reason, though it does bring to mind David Weber‘s fictional Church of Humanity Unchained and the doctrine of the Tester in his Honor Harrington novels. Recently, two different areas — literature and music — have reminded me of the voids, and of why I should give thanks for them and the means of handling them.

David Drake’s passing was the catalyst for an interesting few days where I was able to catalog a number of missing memories. What started it was looking over a list of his works. Some I remember quite fondly, and can still pull up portions or at least plots. Some others I am sure I have read, but can’t remember a thing about them. Others, I really don’t know. I know I read C.S. Lewis’s Perilandra trilogy and The Screwtape Letters, but am drawing a blank. I think I read Mere Christianity (and boy did that title bother my 9th grade self!) but have a complete blank there.

I started doing something similar with other authors, and came to realize that there are some real gaps in there. What I am going to have to do is get copies of various books, start reading, and see if any memory cascades trigger. It’s a rush when they do, and it rocks my world be it a book or other. If it doesn’t, I still will enjoy the read as I re-discover an old friend I can’t remember having before. It is, oddly perhaps, quite comforting and even enjoyable.

The same holds true for music. The difference there is I have a ready way to tell if I have ever heard the song before whether I remember it or not. In the ear or just behind, the lightning took out pretty much all the higher frequencies in the right ear, and with the nerves quite dead it’s not coming back. It makes it hard to hear and understand small children (and some adults), music, triangulate sounds, and more. However, there is a phenomena I had read about but never expected (or wanted) to experience.

The human brain, in such cases, often tries to ‘fill in’ the missing sounds. It’s not always great when it picks up on something and fills in to create music or ‘distant’ voices on top of mechanical sounds (the rotating fan in the room often provides enough of a base for such). I say not great as one day I was catching bits of what seemed to be electro-swing, and I wish that album or station really existed. On others, the voices thing has caused me to make a security sweep or three.

That being said, I am delighted to find that if I have heard a song or piece of music before, the brain is filling in from memory the parts/frequencies that are missing. With something truly new, I either have what seems like a block of wood in one ear or something that doesn’t seem quite right. With things I’ve heard, I can enjoy them as if I still have the hearing of my 20s. When it comes to Christmas music, I’m rediscovering a couple but mostly just sitting back and smiling as I listen to the full range of the music courtesy of an amazing feature of the brain.

As with authors, I turned to Loreena McKinnett and Lindsey Stirling, along with a couple of rock groups. The fact is, when it comes to ranges and fullness of music, Loreena and Lindsey are the better choices for testing myself. Never mind that I have a bit of a crush on both, and along with The Hu, attending a concert by them is on my bucket list.

With both of them, I’ve been able to tell if I have heard the song before, and in some cases, I’ve even remembered it. In others, well, I’ve re-discovered an old friend.

I have to admit that Ms. Sterling caught my ear early on, as I’ve loved great violin (and fiddle) playing since I was a very small child. In fact, I wanted to learn to play the violin but it was outside the range of affordability. In high school, I was in a play where my character played the violin: very, very badly. They ended up taking the violin away from me except when on stage, as I was practicing and getting ‘too good’ for the production. Part of me still wants to try to learn… If you are not familiar with her, do check her out as she does qualify in the “Great” category and her dancing and more are amazing. Her video ‘Shadows‘ is a good start. For pure vocals across a wide range (and range of styles), do check out Ms. McKinnett. As for some of the rock, well, some is good and some of my choices as a kid or teen bring on a bit of cringe these days. 🙂

Despite the hearing damage, hope to keep listening to new music. From Nightwish to Sabaton, there is a lot of good music out there. Classical/Baroque is still a delight, though I wince a bit to think that one of the best such concerts I’ve heard was a large part of the Moscow Symphony panhandling in the subway as they hadn’t been paid in months. Even with the bad acoustics of all that tile…

I hope that as I re-read and re-listen I continue to enjoy meeting old friends anew. I hope, as always, that it leads me to new stories, authors, and songs. The past should always be a building block for the future, and there is a lot out there for building a new and better entertainment future.

As I said at the start, the memory issues are something I can either let drive me negatively; or, something I can use to accept and grow. I won’t deny the frustration, but it is tempered by being able to experience the first time again with delight and joy. That is a much better way to go, and leads to a number of new good things.

Getting hit by lightning is not fun! If you would like to help me in my recovery efforts, which include moving once we have medical issues cleared up, feel free to hit the fundraiser at A New Life on GiveSendGo, use the options in the Tip Jar in the upper right, or drop me a line to discuss other methods. It is thanks to your gifts and prayers that I am still going. Thank you.

Update 15 Dec 23

Physical Therapy goes well, and I’m glad to say both sessions this week kicked my rump. That’s how progress gets made and you know you had a good session. Even better, we are seeing progress almost every visit in terms of range of motion, and the only day we didn’t get improvement we sorta held steady and suspect that overdoing it at home may have gotten things to tighten up.

I could tell you my therapist is mean and evil, but I don’t think I could keep a straight face. She knows her stuff, has a decent sense of humor and the absurd, and knows me well enough to know how and when to push, and when to slow me down. The entire staff there is good, though I suspect that one of the other therapists was, in this life or another, a Marine DI from some of her demeanor. It’s done me good though, as if I am not doing something right, or not keeping proper posture, I hear about it. Sometimes from multiple at once.

Right now, we are still waiting to hear if insurance will approve new sessions. Meantime, doing them anyway which technically puts me on the hook for the costs, but really do expect them to be approved. If not, hope they are good with a payment plan.

Have had some days here recently where I wasn’t feeling good. Apologies if it showed in the writing or lack of writing. Weather changes, particularly in winter, can and do knock me for a loop sometimes. We’ve had a number of them lately, including the weather trying to decide if it is winter or what. Between that and other, interesting is the term I think I will go with.

Thanks to those of you who suggested here or by e-mail not to let the new and quite possibly false diagnoses that ended up in my file at one provider stand unchallenged. I’ve reached out today to my GP and a specialist about them, and am hoping they may can find out who made the diagnoses and on what basis since I’ve not been able to get that info. I’m also looking into doing any testing needed to confirm or disprove them next year. Hopefully it will be something quick, easy, and preferably non-invasive. I’m a bit over being stuck and or cut.

I’m taking my car to the mechanic next Wednesday to see if we can get the coolant leak fixed. There are days I don’t lose much, and there are days it goes empty fast. I’m using it almost exclusively for PT, and taking the bus otherwise. Here’s hoping the fix is easy and cheap. Dislike not being able to try to do anything myself, but it is about three more weeks before I’m supposed to do anything other than lift a coffee cup with the left arm. Between weakness and mobility, doing things of any sort is still a bit limited. Quite limited, actually.

A few weeks ago I began attending a new Church, as you may know from previous posts. Had a nice meeting with the priest the other day, and we discussed a number of things. Short version is, the next step is no immediate step. I will continue to attend, take part, and otherwise see how things go and if I still feel like this is the right home for me. And, to be fair, for them to be sure I’m right for them. If so, about this time next year, then I will become a member.

I have known people who joined a church purely for social reasons, which is not what I think is a good idea. Social is nice, but what is important is the spirit and finding a spiritual home that is good for your soul rather than your social standing. A home where faith is strengthened, supported, and spiritual growth encouraged. So far, I’m finding that at this Church and am glad that no one is wanting to rush things. It is important to take the time to make sure things are right and to do things right for the sake of your soul. That the priest feels that way is another plus in my book.

Otherwise, life goes on. The cats that belong to the landlord and housemate got out the other night, which led to interesting times. One, the cat I call Cappy, which is short for Captain Neurotic, ended up on the neighbors porch and the next morning demanded they let him in. I’m still laughing because the neighbor contacted my landlord about the cat, not recognizing him at first, but asking for help since it was being demanding and appeared to be pregnant. Cue me rolling on the floor laughing when I found this out, as Cappy is sweet, not that bright, and — I have to admit — effeminate. And fat. To the point his movements can sound like a person walking upstairs, which has resulted in both my having to go upstairs to check and my referring to him as ‘lardbutt’ a time or three.

Cappy is black and white, not quite a tuxedo cat. Flash, or little stinker (yes, I do sometimes replace stinker with a different s word), is a ginger mog. He’s the one that knows what he is not supposed to do, and every morning makes a list of the rules he’s going to break that day. Rolls his Rs beautifully and has some markings that look more like a Bengal than just a ginger mog. Flash, of course, was no where to be found. Which means that after PT yesterday, I walked around the house and then started doing search grids for several blocks around while still smarting a bit from PT. No joy. I was happy at no street pizza being sighted, as I do like them a little bit. Landlord got some advice, and put out one of the covered litter boxes they use, a blanket, and a pet bed. Sure enough, after I went to bed last night, Flash turned up on the porch and deigned to come on in. Little bleep. He had to be around hearing me (and everyone else) calling for him. Oh well, I needed the two plus miles I walked anyway, did me some good.

Did have a talk with Cappy at one point though. Don’t think he liked his new nickname of “Preggo” and he actually talked back to me when I told him that if I had a pet it would be Lassie and why Lassie was superior to him. Including that Lassie would have found a way to tell me where Flash was hiding, and then shown me the location. Neither one of them is in any danger of being asked to join the feline version of MENSA, but do find it interesting that the ‘stupid’ one is the one that found shelter and then demanded to be let in out of the cold.

Here’s to hoping PT continues to go well and stays ahead of where we were at the same time with the other shoulder. Here’s also to hoping we can disprove the main interesting diagnosis that was added, if not all of them. Meantime, take care, stay safe, and enjoy all the time you can with family and friends. Keep your things where you can find them in the dark, and be prepared. More soon.

Getting hit by lightning is not fun! If you would like to help me in my recovery efforts, which include moving once we have medical issues cleared up, feel free to hit the fundraiser at A New Life on GiveSendGo, use the options in the Tip Jar in the upper right, or drop me a line to discuss other methods. It is thanks to your gifts and prayers that I am still going. Thank you.

Yes!

Just got back from my visit to the surgeon, and I am cold but happy. In fact, I’m very happy overall. Things are indeed moving along, and we do seem to be further ahead on things with the left shoulder compared to the right.

The incision has healed very well, no issues and in fact it did better than the right incision. Cleared to use moisturizer (a no-no during healing), which is great as much of the rest of the body is dry and itchy. Don’t think the back scrubber I bought will work well for that, but who knows.

For all I’ve complained about “only” doing range-of-motion work, the ROM is extremely good for this soon after surgery. We are now cleared to do “real” PT, for me to start back to the gym on that and my lower/core and cardio, and to use the inversion table. Once I talk to the therapist later this week and we map out a plan, the plan is to move out in a smart fashion.

I have two major goals for the next six to twelve weeks: get the shoulders into the best possible shape I can, and to get things where I can start to actually try to move out West. The recent fronts, along with this morning’s cold and snow are simply reinforcing that desire. It will take at least a year to get the shoulders where they need to be, but given the loss of mobility was gradual and over the course of years, that’s somehow appropriate. Recovery from the surgery is just the first part, the second is stretching things back out and rebuilding both strength and ROM lost over the course of years.

One reason for some of the recent silence is that I’ve been having to deal with some issues related to my care. The surgeon is part of Community Health Network, and they (like most of the larger networks) tries to take over ALL your healthcare. On top of the lack of care on the night shift after my most recent surgery, someone dropped some new diagnoses into my profile this month, including that I was suffering from Chronic Systolic Heart Failure (HCC).

This was news to me, and news to my cardiologist. To make it even more fun, it wasn’t done by the surgeon or his office, and so far no one can tell me who made the diagnosis and on what basis. Given that I had to spend about seven years getting a false diagnosis of cancer removed from the Community system, I’m not even going to try to fight it this time Unless I develop symptoms, the plan is for my cardiologist and I to push forward with their current treatment plan. It did, however, make for several interesting days as this all came to light pretty much last week. Yeah, trying to get answers and things dealt with during Thanksgiving week was so much fun…

Oh, since I turned in my survey and comments on the care in the hospital, haven’t heard a word from Community about being on the patient advisory board and wanting my feedback. Strange. *grin*

I can highly recommend the surgeon and his group, I just have some issues with Community and with Community East hospital. The surgeon and two others I’ve dealt with in the practice on some other issues have been great. If you need a good ortho practice, or have shoulder issues, let me know and glad to recommend them.

Meantime, I’m going to be moving out on PT and trying to get set-up to work on moving. Doing all the meals ahead was a great idea, but now the larder is bare and I need to restock it, stock up on some other essentials, and do some general preparation work including stocking up on Vitamin A to keep the bad pew-pews away. Any help on these areas would be very much appreciated!

Someone has made me a very kind and generous offer in regards some training, and I hope to be able to take them up on it in a few weeks. I tried racking someone’s pistol a week or two ago, and it did not go well. At the rate I’m progressing, however, it may only be another week or two before I can rack and do. Really looking forward to that.

The car is running for now, though I do need to get it to the mechanic to figure out where the coolant is leaking and why, and get it fixed. For right now it’s not leaking much, at least as long as I have the heater engaged. Will be taking the bus as much as possible as I want to reserve the car for PT and other essentials.

So, for the most part we are go! Now in some areas I may be limping, but we are moving forward. Hopefully I can build some momentum and get moving literally and figuratively. Here’s to hoping the new diagnoses are indeed just BS, that things keep going well, and that I move from limping to walking to running in the days ahead so I can implement the GOTH move plan early in the new year.

Keep your friends close and your things where you can find them in the dark. Be Prepared.

Getting hit by lightning is not fun! If you would like to help me in my recovery efforts, which include moving once we have medical issues cleared up, feel free to hit the fundraiser at A New Life on GiveSendGo, use the options in the Tip Jar in the upper right, or drop me a line to discuss other methods. It is thanks to your gifts and prayers that I am still going. Thank you.

Belated Happy Thanksgiving!

I had planned to post Thanksgiving, but got sidetracked with mostly good issues here. As I noted, I went very non-traditional since I still can’t do real cooking. That will hopefully change soon…

I did take the time to truly give thanks for all in my life, particularly the good. One thing for which I am very thankful is each and every one of you who come here to read, to comment, and to encourage. You are very much appreciated!

Had PT this morning, then ran some errands and had my tires pumped up at the tire place as one had dropped very low. So low I borrowed the landlord’s air pump to get it up enough to get to PT and the tire store. Right now, the coolant leak is behaving but still trying not to drive it that much.

I haven’t done much for Christmas in the last few years, as I’m renting a room and the landlord actually does a pretty good tree. Even if the cats do start singing ‘Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, Your Ornaments Are History’ as soon as they see it go up. However, for a number of reasons, I decided to do a small one in my room. So, today I found a Charley Brown tree for $6 and am going to see what I can do. There will be photos.

Not sure when I will get to post tomorrow as I have my six week with the ortho tomorrow morning early and I am hoping he gives the go-ahead to push into “real” PT. Have a few questions for him, but the goal is to get release to go back to full PT and the gym.

I’m also trying to find out who put some new diagnoses in my file at the health corporation where he works. You will be hearing a bit more on this, as it wasn’t him and right now no one in his office can tell me who did it. Considering that the diagnoses in question are in the areas of my GP, cardiologist, and maybe one other — and it’s news to them — well…

Oh, keep an eye on Gaza as I started hearing a few days ago that some of the hostages were being held by other factions who were refusing to give them up to Hamass. Yes, there are some other factions there, though they usually keep a low profile, and several of them regard Hamass as wimps. Sucks for the hostages, but will say one thing for which I am thankful is that so many have been gotten out. I seriously was betting only about a dozen were still alive, very glad to be wrong on that.

Lots to cover in the world and I am looking forward to getting back to it. More soon!

Getting hit by lightning is not fun! If you would like to help me in my recovery efforts, which include moving once we have medical issues cleared up, feel free to hit the fundraiser at A New Life on GiveSendGo, use the options in the Tip Jar in the upper right, or drop me a line to discuss other methods. It is thanks to your gifts and prayers that I am still going. Thank you.

Current PT

Never occurred to me that some might like to know more about the PT. So here’s what we are currently doing. The initial instructions given at the hospital was to do one or two sets of 10 of each; but, my therapist and I changed that up a bit at the start. Instead of sets of ten, I do each of the following for two minutes:

  • back and forth pendulum of left arm, arm dangling as I bend forward
  • side to side pendulum, same
  • arm in circle, same
  • NOTE: arm movement is generated by whole body movements, and I am thankful that video cameras are not allowed given how you have to move the body while bent over. I am NOT twerking, I swear.
  • backwards shoulder rolls
  • shoulder blades together, then lowered
  • regular shoulder drops
  • Bicep curls w/2lb weights
  • Reverse curls
  • “motorcycle twist”
  • reverse “motorcycle twist
  • hands with thumbs up, palms facing each other, move so palms down
  • hands with thumbs up, palms facing each other, move so palms up
  • Isometric 1: forward punch into inflated ball
  • Isometric 2: elbow back into inflated ball
  • Isometric 3: elbow to the side into inflated ball
  • Isometric 4: hand to the side into inflated ball

Once that’s done, the therapist does manipulations of the joints and some massage to help loosen things up. Then I sit and enjoy my ice pack for 12 or so minutes. At home I also have some squeeze gel to use to help improve hand strength and reduce swelling.

Getting hit by lightning is not fun! If you would like to help me in my recovery efforts, which include moving once we have medical issues cleared up, feel free to hit the fundraiser at A New Life on GiveSendGo, use the options in the Tip Jar in the upper right, or drop me a line to discuss other methods. It is thanks to your gifts and prayers that I am still going. Thank you.