PT improvements and hard work: I returned to the hospital to do a balancing test on Monday. I'm part of a research project of patients who had the same hip surgery I had. Since it's a new procedure, doctors want to see how effective the surgery is for patients 6 weeks and a year after the surgery. I'm a supporter of research. I had the PTs laugh by bragging how "well" I am because I can walk. Of course they know better. I can walk but I still have work to do. The balancing test I did pre-surgery was difficult. I stumbled a lot and felt embarrassed. This time I was able to balance much better. When done, I did a little dance having one of the PTs say, "You're like the happiest patients we've had in a while!" There's definitely improvement. On Thursday before seeing my coordinator, I started physical therapy and met my physical therapist. He is very nice and had me do several exercises. Some were fine but one in particular was difficult. I see my physical therapist twice a week, but have to do the exercises at home twice every day for two months. Although hard, it's worth it because it will strengthen my walking and balance. Like they say, no pain no gain right?
During my outings, I had a chance to reflect and spend time in the city something I haven't done in a while. I saw the Occupy Wall Street folks, some street dancers, and visited Barnes and Noble (both their book and textbook stores). I found a cool bead store and made a new friend, a fellow rock collector like me! I bought the Nook color (an early birthday gift to myself), two textbooks about social work, some jewelry, and new clothes. I haven't shopped for myself in ages and it felt good to do so this week.
Part of my reflection was to celebrate self. I feel I've come a long way as a woman. I've overcome heartbreak, health woes, layoffs, ending friendships, and depression. I haven't been happy inwardly for a long time.Presently, I feel happier and spontaneous. My attitude now is life is short and the time is now to live for self, live for the moment, and ignore all negativity. Also, I'm enjoying my friends more. I'm showing them love instead of just saying it. I like going out and plan to do more. On a personal note, I've been pondering on the dating idea. I have some reservations about it, but I'm learning to be open-minded and go with the flow. Besides, it would be nice to go out with a gentleman once in a while. Let's see what happens. I look forward to my 31st year, because I believe it will bring more surprises and newness in my life.
It's time to smile now.