Thursday, April 08, 2010

8 Weeks Post-Surgery Update

Today marks 8 weeks since I fractured my ankle and had surgery to repair it. I can't believe it's been that long; it really has gone by quickly, which is most definitely a testament to the grace of God.

I had 6 weeks of crutches and walking on one leg only, then two weeks of being able to stand on two legs and slowly "load weight" onto my right ankle. Today is the first day I can walk on two legs. I would be more excited about this, but it HURTS!! It's quite a slow process, this healing thing. :-)

Today I had to go to the bank, and while someone watched the boys, I went by myself. As I was walking from the bank to the grocery store, a lady came up behind me and said, "I recognized you by your crutches and your backpack." :-) I sort of recognized her, but had to ask her name (she didn't know my name, either). Apparently she goes to our church because she was headed to the Ladies Retreat today. Good to know I'm recognizable these days! I am so grateful for my little backpack purse that my parents and sister gave me, since it's the only way I can carry around the things I need while I'm out.

My parents arrive in Singapore in LESS THAN TWO DAYS!!! I cannot tell you how excited we are to see them! I haven't said much about it in the last few weeks because the whole thing has been up in the air since my grandmother fell a couple of weeks ago and broke her pelvis. She lives with my parents, and my mom was not sure they would be able to leave her. My Nana is in a skilled nursing facility right now until she can walk well enough to return home. My mom's cousin, Kathy, graciously offered to drive down from Missouri and stay with my Nana while my parents are here! This is such an answer to our prayers because my Nana and Kathy have a great relationship, and my Nana feels comfortable with her. Thank you, Kathy and Jim! We love you so much and are so grateful you have allowed Mom and Dad to come and see us!! What a blessing!

So, starting Sunday and for the next 12 days, we will be soaking up every second of time with my parents. It will be so fun to see Singapore through their eyes. There are so many things that are normal to us now that I know will seem very different to them. We are going to have lots of fun. I rented a wheelchair to be able to have more freedom to go places that require more walking. Singapore is really not wheelchair-friendly (or stroller-friendly, for that matter), so I'll still be using my crutches quite often. Just getting out today I had to navigate probably 15 steps, and that was just in a short distance and not going to the second level of a building or anything. I'm always amazed at how many stairs there are in this country. ;-)

And here's how my kids amused themselves this watching the laundry in the machine.

1 comment:

Jenn said...

I am so happy to hear that your parents will be able to come! There is nothing like having family visit!

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