Back to work(out)

I may be going home next week but I’m still here this week and doing therapy. I had a rough night due to lower back/SI joint pain on an uncomfortable bed, and was feeling wobbly this morning when it was time to go to PT, so I rode down instead of walking. I made up for that by walking a lot with OT in the afternoon. Arm and leg bike time, parallel bars for standing leg exercises, standing endurance batting around a ball while holding on to the walker with one hand, sitting leg exercises, and the ever popular “move the rings from point to point while side stepping at the bar.”

This afternoon we walked outside which was an adventure; the goal was walking on different surfaces. I’m usually doing carpet or smooth floors, while outside on pavement it feels different. I actually found it easier than smooth floors since I didn’t feel that things would roll away from me too fast. Oh, and I did some rollator work, too, but I still don’t think I’m ready for that. I know it’s coming but I’m not there.

I’ve been buying stuff I’ll need at home using funds received when the club returned half of my initiation fee following the sale of my house. First thing up was to contact Sleep Number and find out for sure that I only need to buy an adjustable FlexFit base to go with my current bed to make it adjustable. Too bad I can’t HAVE it until November 2nd, but I couldn’t buy it until I knew when I’d be going home. It will make it a lot easier to get in and out of my bed plus generally it’s a good idea. I also ordered wheelchair and walker accessories that Medicare doesn’t pay for, and a set of new taller chair legs to go on my recliner to make it easier for me to get in and out.

I’m also plotting the sale of my car, since I want to sell it before insurance renews on October 19th. I’ve run it through the Blue Book and Edmunds and have an offer from CarMax in hand that’s higher than either of the others. My brother and sister-in-law will be here to help me navigate my return home next weekend and I’m hoping I can add the car to their projects. It would be a big weight off my mind to have it resolved.

My brain is whirling with house things to be sorted out – rearranging closets, moving furniture, unpacking boxes, hauling the stuff now here in rehab and trying to figure out where to put it all. And of course some serious de-furring of all the furniture since the cats have had free rein of the apartment for 2 months and have generously shared their fur with everything. Oh yeah, I also ordered more cat toys of different varieties. No, they’re not spoiled.

But what I really need is rest and a good night’s sleep. Will work on more stretches between now and then, trying to work out some knots.