Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bad Tuesday

Today was a bad day at the institution. It began at 5:45 with an aide waking me up to ask me what I wanted. I didn't know what she was talking about and I kept saying I didn't want anything and she said, "you want help, what do you want?" and I heard my roommate say, "She's fine." I said to this aide, "What am I doing to indicate to you that I need help?" Gasping for air? Choking? and she all of a sudden apologized, kept apologizing as she left the room. Of course, I couldn't get back to sleep.

I don't want to go through the whole litany of things -- so much of it sounds so petty but it piles up -- my shell is about 1/1000 of an inch thick these days so it doesn't take much to make me teary.

My regular PT woman is off today and tomorrow and I had this really nice man named James whom I also like because he talks to people about normal things and flirts in a harmless way... typically Price is Right is playing on the TV so he always comments on that and it was a nice change to do a different routine. For example, he tied this giant (5 inches wide by a yard long) elastic around my legs right above my knees and I had to move my legs apart, with the elastic as resistance. Also took a long stroll in the new walker.

I talked to this woman in the PT room who was in a car accident. She was wearing her seatbelt, the airbag deployed but no side airbag so her left leg got effed up badly. She was in the hospital for 30 days and has had five operations. She said she doesn't remember anything about the accident -- remembers driving on this highway and her next memory was "chaos" with many first responders and them trying to get her out of the car with the "jaws of life." She said the jaws of life are actually what woke her up -- she says the airbags knocked her out. She said they told her she may have a limp, but she should fully recover. Nice young woman.

And Phil came to visit today and smuggled in a banana, half a baguette, and about a cup worth of Cheerios. Had to laugh as he's pulling things out of his pants... the smuggled items, that is!


Barbara said...

That last line really made me laugh out loud (I bet nobody actually ever laughs out loud when they write LOL.)

Melissa said...

Dear friend... I know it must have been a terrible day for you, but when you recount it at the end of the day I can't help but laugh :). You have NOT lost your sense of humor and for that I'm sure many of us are thankful!
Hang in there!!!