First Steps Part 2

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First Steps Part 2

Today was my first full day on the ARU (Acute Rehab Unit)! It wasn’t like a “regular” rehab day as it was evals (evaluations). I woke up very early and waited eagerly for a few hours while waiting til 11am when my PT (Physical Therapy) eval would begin. I was quite excited to see, C*, an old favorite from last June. I really enjoyed working with her a few months ago and was quite eager to show her what I could now do. With all the IV’s and tubes it took like 10 minutes to just sort everything out!

FINALLY everything from the IV pole, walker, and a PT tech following with a wheelchair in case I needed to stop and rest (which I did several times) I was off! I could tell immediately that she was impressed with the progress I had made since last June and since the surgery last Wednesday. I was ‘up’ with her for almost an hour which is by far the longest I had been ‘up’. As soon as we’re about to head out into the hall all of a sudden the hallway became amazingly busy and crowded! I actually found it quite amusing.

“Stand up straight and don’t look at your feet!” C says, “Okie, I’ll try” I say, and then we ‘walk’ a few steps further. Then C tells me to “keep my foot from turning in” I kinda roll my eyes and chuckle, but do my best anyways. Even though learning how to walk all over again isn’t exactly “a piece of cake” it is pretty amazing! For anyone who has ever had any sort of physical or occupational therapy after an injury or surgery knows that starting to move again hurts. And it has been almost 3 years since I last really truly walked all on my own. Who would have ever thought that in my mid-late 20′s that I wouldn’t be able to walk anymore?!? Never would have thought that, not in a million years. But here I am.

I’ve met some pretty amazing people on this very long and tiring journey. And the ARU at this hospital is awesome! I would HIGHLY recommend it! By far the best rehab unit I’ve been on (though I’ve only been at 2 at 2 different hospitals, though once was under different management, so in actuality 3 different units. The nurses here (overall, hey there will always be people that I clash with anywhere, doesn’t make them bad nurses or people, but just doesn’t work for me) are excellent! And the physical and occupational therapy staff are amazing! I really truly look forward to each and every PT and OT session each day! Time for me to get some rest to be ready for another full day of therapy!


*since I haven’t asked if I could use her name I am only using an initial



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First Steps Part 2

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