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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Jul 12 - 11:29 PM

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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: gnu
Date: 14 Jul 12 - 06:10 AM

"I'm glad I heard, but it's nervewracking. I'm constantly listening, even on a subconscious level, and interpreting any sounds because Tom can't call out for help."

Been there and I agree. I slept many nights beside a couch in case this person fell off it so they would fall on me and not on the floor. You get to the point where irregular breathing wakes you up. Nervewracking is putting it mildly. I hope the situation improves soon for both of you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Jul 12 - 10:47 AM

me, too


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 14 Jul 12 - 07:49 PM

Add my name to the list of people hoping your situation improves.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 03:30 PM

The past month has been uneventful...and that's a GOOD thing!

Bart, Tom's physical therapist from Visiting Nurses comes twice a week and makes him work or, at least, give's Tom direction and exercises. Tom is pretty focused on becoming more mobile.

He's still using the wheelchair around the house, at the table and between the table and the computer, the table and kitchen, the table and his bed on the couch. But he's not only progressed out of the wheelchair and into a walker to go outside and to the car for doctors' appointments and The Press Room, but he's now using the walker only for exercises...he's walking with the cane only outside of the house.

So Tom can go out on the deck by himself and also be able to control the radio, etc. inside and stand up to do some things in the kitchen. He still needs help seeing things so still hasn't taken over the bulk of the cooking duties, but today he was able to go inside the grocery store for the first time in five months. He got around in one of the motorized carts while I walked next to him and also made excursions to get things in aisles that were more crowded. Reminded me by the time we finished that I really need to be able to hang onto a cart while moving around the store.

About three weeks ago Tom had the final fitting for his new dentures and today went in to get the finished product and make the initial fitting tweaks. We've got an appointment to see Dr. Harvey on Wednesday for further fine tuning after wearing them for a couple days.

So this is truly a progress report on several fronts -- progress is definitely continuing to be made and Tom's in a heck of a lot better shape than he was a month ago.

And I've survived the past three weeks, too -- through adverse effects of a wasp sting, allergic reaction to the antibiotic prescribed for the wasp sting, AND the nasty side effects of the prednisone prescribed to counteract the allergic reaction. Arghhh! I've come full circle and am back to whatever passes for "normal", while Tom, on the other hand, has continued to improve.

I think, too, that, thanks to the physical therapy and workouts to just move around, Tom is in better physical shape than he was before he broke his ankle. Things do, ultimately, work out for the best, I think.

Thanks for everyone's support and good thoughts and prayers!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 03:42 PM

Linn, that's great news. Good luck and continued improvement to you both.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 04:10 PM

Good progress! Keep on keeping on!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 05:41 PM

That's the kind of Progress Report I like to read!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: gnu
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 05:49 PM

Yeah... been waiting for a report. As you know, BG, I don't PM any more with a request for an update on accounta the bad karma... >;-)

Good report. I'd give it a B+. "the nasty side effects of the prednisone" downgraded it from an A-... been there, done that, it's the pits!

Youse both take care of each other and make the next report even better!

Ts, Ps and love from me, g.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 08:51 PM

I'm glad to read that you are both improving!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 07:38 AM

Yes, it's great to hear better news.

Look forward to seeing you both again at the Press Room on Saturday.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, back from the Chicago Foray


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 08:55 AM

very good to read the good news


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 11:22 AM

Micca and I will be at the Press Room Saturday at least according to the latest schedule.
Hopefully, I will see you guys there and bring Charlie's book.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: fat B****rd
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 11:43 AM

Great news. I trust it will continue.
ATB from Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 12:20 PM

While Tom's not yet able to move back upstairs, he CAN go upstairs -- with supervision -- to the bathroom, though not for every call of nature. He's still camping out in the downstairs living area which is both his bedroom and bath. And that downstairs living area still has most of the seating moved out of it, no rugs that he can trip on (we don't have a real floor, just subflooring; sigh) and the table has a leaf dropped so he can maneuver the wheelchair around. And Tom's also still not trusting being able to step into the bathtub to have a shower (we have a shower chair), so he's still relying on downstairs sponge baths.

So life still has a way to go to regain what he had before he broke the ankle.

But his therapist told him this morning that he will probably graduate from therapy at the end of next week. From there on he's on his own.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: gnu
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 05:13 PM

Soldier on!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 08:41 PM

Missed this (and earlier relevant) thread(s), but wishing you both continued improvement -- and better luck, too!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon, Back On His Feet Again
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 15 Aug 12 - 01:24 PM

Got an early phone call from Tom's dentist's office rescheduling his follow-up to a bit later this afternoon. That will interupt up the day in a much better place, so I actually got some stuff done this morning. (See the declutter thread.)

It will be good to get them tweaked. He discovered fairly soon on Monday (right after eating lunch) that there's an irritating spot on the lowers that needs to be fixed.

Linn


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