Friday, September 14, 2018

Off To Rehab

Today is the day I supposedly am sent forth by Cigna Insurance to a rehab facility of their choice for several months struggle with Physical Therapy. 

Every step on this arduous journey involves a voyage into the unknown for me who has never been in the hospital before. Sean my six foot eight inch Physical Therapist has explained the process and it is a fearsome mountain to climb to regain use of my lower body. Without him I’d not have taken the first steps. 

In hospital one lives a different life cut off from concerns about hurricanes and political scandals and economic indicators and pop stars fighting. Did he have a bowel movement? That’s a big one. Taking a shit indicates all is well with the world, never mind 160 mph winds in the Philippines. 

While the administrators decide where to send me I prepare to leave Jackson South for places unknown. And regimens unknown and all I can think is how soon will I be shitting on a toilet not in the sheets? It’s a much bigger deal than you realize.

12 comments:

SalParadise said...

Its a big deal. Understand the anxiety of unknown rehab. Its not so much an answer, more a road to walk, or mountain to climb. How incredible that one drivers moment of carelessness can result in the complete upheaval of your life and so much pain. I liked your imagery in the last post as moving toward "sunlit uplands". You are heading that way, slowly.

Gretchen said...

Sending healing thoughts your way. Your positive attitude will go a long way in helping with your recovery. Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Moving right along. That's GREAT news! Hopefully the administrators will choose a rehab as close to home as possible, although I realize that's probably not part of their criteria. But this is truly progress to sunlit uplands! You'll be back on a Baby Burg before you know it!! Hang on, Conchscooter, the ride of your life is just around the bend!! �� KWBound

Doug Bennett said...

Great to hear from you again. It is wonderful to hear you are moving out of the hospital and into rehab. Looking forward to news of much improvement soon. I know your dog is missing you and your walks. Hope that rehab has a place where dog can come for a visit.
Doug
This Week on the Island



gina in alabama said...

Rehab is a process, staying positive with the process will take you far. You will meet people in the medical business who have no sense of humor at all, and mistake snarkiness for a bad attitude. Just a warning as your sense of humor seems to be similar to mine. Also love the "sunlit uplands" as I have used that term to encourage my husband who is in Cardiac Rehab currently to persevere and get through the wall. Very Churchillian! You may have a bedpan or a "bedside commode" before graduating to a full Toilet Experience, but its better than the sheets. Use any and all grab bars you are presented with. The enemy is gravity.

Terri Kohler said...

Sending positive vibes.Maybe they will let Rusty come to be with you. Sometimes our animals are a greater therapy

Anonymous said...

You are looking great, all things considered. We are wishing you all the best, and hoping the rehab place allows canine visitors.

Cliff and Mari

Anonymous said...

you're sitting up! excellent! :) good luck with the rehab!

debhass said...

So happy you are on the mend, can't wait until you and Rusty are roaming around the mangroves again.

Anonymous said...

After not hearing from you in a few days, I’m happy you’re back. Great to see you sitting up and wishing you only the best in your recovery. Best to you, your wife, and rusty, Michigan

Conchscooter said...

Rusty is allowed. Trying not think about seeing him very sooon.

Jay Dulaney said...

Michael, I totally relate to what you’re going through. Fell off my roof last Summer, breaking my back and my elbow. It’s a long, hard climb back to wellness, requiring patience, perseverance, and pain, your three traveling companions through this journey. Use a pool if you can, all the therapy sessions on land with therapists are a real workout, but the pool allows for some sense of freedom for your compromised body. Your muscles will atrophy with your immobility, and the water work allows for some conditioning before being able to get around much on land. Keep mentally strong and you’ll get through this. Take care, and keep us posted as you work towards getting back to your regular life, and walks with Rusty.