Sunday, February 3, 2013

Today 2/3/2013

We haven’t started celebrating Super Bowl Sunday quite yet. We attended a Saturday night worship service so the first part of our Sunday has been a relaxed affair. With Husband Walter’s help, I have completed all but about 30 minutes of my at-home therapy exercises.

There are multiple benefits to having my left arm strapped into high-tech splints. I have three. My splints are designed to combat negative tone, the curling up and shortening of muscles and nerves, a condition caused by the brain and body’s response to my stroke.

I have one for my left shoulder. I lie down in that one. I can read my Kindle for the twice daily, 20-minute sessions. Another straightens my elbow; the third my wrist and fingers. Even though I sit up for the other two splints, walking around is a no no, as the weight would do unwanted stuff to my shoulder.

So 45 minutes of immobility in the elbow splint equals 45 minutes for using my laptop. Then comes 60 minutes in the wrist splint. I break that into two 30-minute sessions. Until a couple of months ago, I slept in the wrist splint. But since my therapist recalibrated it, once again I have been slowly building up the time I am in it. 

I first started using the smaller splints, I think more than a year ago; and it was painful if I tried to use my computer with either of them on. Now, using the laptop, at least in my lap, is not a problem. And these treatments carve out 105 minutes of guilt-free online time.

Afterwards my response to Hubby’s query about what I wanted to do between lunch and game time required no thought.

“You are the one having surgery tomorrow. You choose.”

So here we sit at Coffee Fusion, engrossed in some of our favorite online activities. He is checking news sites. And I’m . . . well, you can see what I’m doing. 

When we leave here, he is treating me to a walk at the Davis Bayou area of the Mississippi District, Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Temperatures are cool but not cold, the sun is shining and the sky is a glorious blue, at least one of our azaleas is bursting into bloom, and I am having an impromptu Thanksgiving for recovery progress, Hubby, friends and relatives, beautiful weather and blogging friends whose responses to life’s unexpected turns remind me to be anxious for nothing.

Here is the whole passage thanks to Bible Gateway via Google.

Philippians 4:6-7
New King James Version
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Just now 
Had a call from youngest son, Jeremy. Unknown to Hubby and me, he and our oldest, Walt, got together and divvied up care of their parents. We had assured them we would do fine with Hubby's procedure and recuperation, but Walt is coming from Georgia to be with us tomorrow and Jeremy will drive in for Tuesday.

As I told Jeremy, what a wonderfully sneaky thing to do. Okay, I have got to go now and get control of happy tears that are threatening.


  1. Such an uplifting post, even though you must do daily therapy. Your outlook always seems on the positive, which is probably why you've made such progress. Good Luck tomorrow for Walt - I'll be thinking of you both. So glad your sons will be there with you.

  2. Goodness, you are doing lots of real workouts!!!! Oh MY...I have forgotten what Walter's surgery is?? Did I know and forget? Will he be home the same day? I will pray tonight for a good recovery!

  3. Apparently you and Walter raised two loving and very thoughtful sons :)

    I hope all will go well with Walter's surgery--for you and for him.

    PS I'm glad you've been able to incorporate some "on line" time in with your therapy :)

    PPS That's a great verse, too...

  4. It is wonderful that your children will be there with you and Walter. I love to read about family love.

  5. My heart is so full of joy when I read all of this Linda.
    God is so good and merciful.
    I am praying for your sweet hubby as he has his surgery. Praying for the quick recovery.
    Phil. 4:6&7 is my Hubby's Life verse. I claim it too.
    I hold on to it as we go through some family challenges ourselves.
    I find it fascinating to learn about all the splints and things you have to do for your therapy sessions. Step by step you are on your way.

  6. You have such wonderful boys. With their busy lives, I know their time away from their own homes is tough. Take care and keep up the good work. David was pain-free early this morning. A real miracle as he has not felt that good in some time. Dianne

  7. Happy Tears! That’s wonderful.
    It’s good to hear how well you are getting on, you are a determined lady; many would have given up on the hard work.

    You and your husband are a great couple, and deserve such loving and concerned sons.

    Good luck for both of you.

  8. I have been so far from blog land lately due to having way too much on my plate to read blogs or write them, so I missed that your hubby was surgery. What is this for? I will keep him in my prayers.

    Your sons are fine examples of caring men. You have both done a wonderful job raising them. I rejoice that they will be there to care for and look after your needs. God Bless. I will be praying.