AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
It was November 6th that this journey began. My hubby and I were on our way to supper. I walked up the drive to get the mail. He was to pick me up at the mailbox. For whatever reason, I walked slower than usual. He started backing up, and I was on the blindside of the car. I heard the sound of the car back, turned in time to see the bumper heading toward my body. I yelled, he did not hear. The bumper knocked me forward. He ran over my right leg. The look of sheer horror on his face when he realized what had happened was one that I will never forget.
For some reason I did not lose consciousness and the pain although instant, was not lasting. I remember clearly the EMTs and many things about the trio to the hospital but little after the emergency room til the next day. I spent 3 months in the hospital, which included 3 weeks of rehab. The drs. the nurses, the therapists, the EMTS, and the ER personnel are to be commended. For some blessed reason I did not lose my leg and there were no broken bones. BUT I had a degloving of the right leg.
I came home almost a month ago and am walking on a walker. While in the hospital I was put on insulin and a diet to assist with healing as well as attending to diabetes. I am not sure how much weight I have lost in all but I assure that my clothes are fitting loosely and my stomach is smaller than in years. I learned more by observation about portion sizes. I learned what cake portions are acceptable for a diabetic.
My exercise is increasing as far as walking as I get stronger. The biggest lesson that I learned is to be aware of what you eat. I also learned via therapy to be aware of how your body works together. How important the upper body strength is to the lower body use.
Please be aware that eating a healthy diet is very important to the healing process. Just as important is your attitude. You do have to do the work because getting better does not happen without you, Just as getting thinner will not happen without your full participation in the process.