Back to going home tomorrow. They were going to discharge me Wednesday morning at 10, without any PT or OT that day. What’s the point of just staying one more night? Christy is picking me up after work tomorrow evening, so tomorrow is my last day of PT/OT and I’m out of here. My feet are still incredibly numb but other areas have improved slightly to moderately (feeling in waist, across groin, bladder, butt, face, hands, arms, etc.).
I have become an intellectual expert at walking. I can tell you much of what it involves and have committed many walking principles to memory to avoid falling. Still, I can walk effectively only with a walker at this point. I know walking, but I no longer know it as I did just two weeks ago.
Before going home tomorrow, my bathroom will have handrails installed, along with more in the landing of our home. I am going home to a pretty different kind of life than I have led before, and I want all of you to know and expect this. Yet I am grateful for all I have learned and experienced. I have totally loved my room-mate, John, who had a hip replacement and is trying to recover in time to walk his only daughter down the aisle soon when she gets married. I have had amazing conversations with chaplains, nurses, doctors, PT’s and OT,’s, and so many others. I have felt loved, served, and cared for. Finally, in case you weren’t aware, I have received easily some of the best care available in the United States for people with MS. My doctor, Dr. Ronald Taylor, is one of America’s preeminent authorities on MS and its treatment, and as I write this note, his office door is ten feet down the hall. He runs this rehab unit, which is the largest hospital rehab unit in the country and is top notch.
My next step is going home and learning to live a new life, which includes figuring out what to expect of myself as a pastor, instructor, and counselor and if indeed I can even remain fully engaged in all of these roles. I humbly ask for your continued prayers, encouragement, support (in whatever way you can give it), love, and mostly patience. One thing I know is that you will be integral in my healing, and already have been. Thank you.