Em is wrapping up her 3rd month of PT – 2 months in the pool and a month of land based therapy. Her re-eval is Friday and I am not sure if we will call it quits, opting for continuing at home, or if we will do another month of therapy. I am ambivalent, to tell the truth. She has definitely benefited from this course of therapy and we are fortunate to have a therapist who knows how to help, but it would be nice to not have to drive her to therapy twice a week. (It is a 40 minute drive one way. As you can imagine, that has taken up a fair amount of our time.) We will see on Friday what is to come and go from there. I know there is progress to be made – let’s be honest, she actually needs therapy for the rest of her life. But, other realities -like how many visits insurance will cover – have to be considered. So, we will see what happens.
As usual, it has been one step forward and two steps back recently. Frustrating, but a normal part of our life.
Last week, Em stepped wrong and wrenched her ankle, knee and hip. She actually ended up using a crutch for a few days because that leg was just weak and very unstable. Anytime she injures something, particularly a foot or ankle, her RSD flairs up and has to be tamped down. She ends up with increasing neuropathic pain all over and just has to work through it. She has learned that the best way to tamp it down is by walking on it – works better and quicker than the whole desensitization process that we have done in the past. Between the RSD and dragging out the hated crutch for use knowing it will damage her shoulder, it was a week of lingering worries.
However, she continued with therapy: they had to modify it and took especial care of her injured leg, but she was able to continue and, this week, was back to normal. Her foot/ankle/leg/hip are fine now. Just in time to be done, but, that too is part of our life!
Towards the end of her session on Wednesday afternoon, I noticed there were a couple visitors observing the goings-on in the rehab gym:
As you can imagine, my animal lover was much more interested in the baby deer than she was in doing her therapy, but that was ok because pretty much everyone in the gym took a break and oohed and aahed over the deer. Definitely more interesting than exercising! And, I got to be a little smug, because, as much as she hates me taking pictures of her at therapy, she was glad I was able to snap pics of the deer!