For the past 3 weeks I haven’t really been able to leave the hospital or house where we are staying very much. I have been trying to do workouts in our little room, and one thing I started was RomWod. It is similar to yoga, but it asks you to hold each pose for 3-4 minutes in order to stretch your fascia and help improve mobility. In my OT jobs, I always think of myself as a very patient person. But during these RomWod sessions, I am anything but patient. Something about sitting in one position and not moving, trying to totally relax and let go of all tension I’m holding onto is nearly impossible for me. I am so much more comfortable moving, working, and accomplishing than being still.
Jian had her neurology appointment with Kennedy Krieger Institute today. Everything went great! It is a wonderful facility, and all of the people that we met were warm and welcoming. They think Jian is a good candidate for their program and are all for trying everything possible to see what kind of return in function she can achieve. After talking with multiple clinicians, we all decided that the best plan would be to give Jian’s body some time to heal completely from her recent surgeries, make sure she’s not in any pain, has all of her range of motion back to normal and is able to bear full weight through her left leg before coming back. They recommended 2 weeks of “therapy bootcamp” where she will come 4 hours per day, 5 days per week and work on multiple treatment modalities. This place is a therapist’s dream! They have the Locomotor trainers that were designed to retrain the spinal cord through intensive gait training and all kinds of other robotics and pieces of equipment that I’ve seen on TV as “therapy of the future” kinds of things. We are planning to come back next spring break for this treatment.
So that leaves us with lots of time just being still and healing. Four more weeks before we do X rays and then hopefully will be able to bear 50% weight through the left leg, then 6 more weeks until full weight bearing, and then we can really begin to fit her with walking braces and start training mobility. I am confirming, but am pretty sure that we will be able to have Xrays taken at home so that we don’t have to come back until several more months for a follow up. So…that means we can come home! We have therapy appointments scheduled tomorrow and Friday and then plan to hit the road this Saturday morning! It is really quite amusing to me the lessons that life forces upon me to challenge me in the areas I really would just like to avoid. But I will keep working on holding those poses and trying to be still and engaged in enjoying the present moment. And I have a feeling that when the time is right, this will all have a beautiful outcome that would not have been achieved if it were rushed.
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.