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Hi from Cleveland

Well, I never thought it would take this long to resume writing here, but apparently it has. I’ve mentioned in the past the intention to somewhat transition the blog to a discussion of not only my recovery, but also life as a medical student. So this is the first step in that direction. In addition to progress updates on my recovery, I’ll discuss topics I find interesting or relevant that are related to healthcare, as well as certain experiences I’ve had as a medical student. Updates will be shorter, but hopefully more frequent than they used to be (the past six months excluded, of course). There have been plenty of topics as of late that I’ve wanted to write about, from healthcare reform to cancer to H1N1.

But first, a much-needed progress update.

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November 18, 2009   1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everybody, at least those of you in the US, had a wonderful Thanksgiving, replete with turkey, pie and all the trimmings.  And I hope you were able to celebrate it with those people who you are thankful to have in your life.  When I think back to last Thanksgiving, things are definitely vastly different for me than they were last year.  And while the events of the past year certainly could leave me with a laundry list of complaints, the things for which I am truly thankful far outweigh the meaning of any of the negative things.

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December 2, 2008   7 Comments

A picture’s worth a thousand words

Well, it’s been a while since I posted something.  I’ve been pretty busy lately both with therapy and some other things I’m keeping my mind occupied with.  I’ve ramped up to four days per week of physical therapy, and I’m hoping to add a fifth before too long.  I feel like I’m at the point where my core and my legs are starting to get strong enough that more work is actually beneficial to them, as opposed to resulting in stiffness for days after. It’s a good feeling, and although I’m occasionally frustrated at having to deal with all of this, the continued progress really helps me to stay positive.

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November 6, 2008   5 Comments

The Passing of Time

One thing that has truly struck me since being discharged from the hospital is just how quickly time passes.  And I’m not even talking about how quickly life flies by when we’re all busy living it, but how quickly it passes when you’re not busy living it.  Time seems to be passing me by much quicker now than when I was preoccupied with work and/or school.  I would have thought it to be the other way around.  But I guess when one doesn’t have a significant mental goal to reach for and focus on that there is no basis by which to judge how quickly time is passing.  Or at least, that’s how it is for me.

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September 8, 2008   4 Comments

A dip in the pool…

I’m still damp.  Not sopping wet, mind you, but just a nice damp.  I got in the pool late this afternoon during a session with a physical therapist I know who lives close by and is helping me out.  It was the second time we got in the pool, the last being about a month ago, and I was excited at the prospect.  The last time we got in the pool, I was able to put weight into my left leg and stand on it.  I was also able to take a few steps, although the therapist had to brace my right knee since the quadriceps and hamstrings weren’t kicking in to help straighten it.  This time went even better.

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August 13, 2008   4 Comments

A Bombshell and the Magic of Medicaid

Often times I think about how regularly I post to the blog, and wonder if I should post more often. Maybe more regular posts, but smaller in length. It would be easier to digest and easier for me to write. But then I ultimately come to the conclusion that posting every couple of days would just be too often and not provide enough fodder for quality posts. So I post once every week or two (well, it’s been once every two weeks lately) and wind up having more to say than I’d realized. This whole act of blogging is incredibly cathartic, as you might expect, and the process of organizing my thoughts to write really helps me to deal with everything.

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July 16, 2008   5 Comments

One must crawl before one may walk..

A large part of rehab so far has made me realize that recovering from a spinal cord injury is a lot like being a baby all over again. You have to rediscover your body and how it works. And sometimes how it doesn’t.  Parts wake up that you’d gotten used to being asleep, and I certainly know how a baby feels when it sits in place wiggling an appendage just because he or she can.  I do that a lot too.  I’ve felt since much earlier in rehab that regaining the ability to walk will quite possibly even more make me feel like a baby.  When my physical therapist had me get on the ground and start crawling, though, I couldn’t help but laugh.

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June 29, 2008   18 Comments

Home, sweet…. home?

As many of you know or have discerned from comments to the last major blog post, I have finally been released from Mount Sinai and am now home.  I was finally discharged on Friday, May 23rd, at the very late hour of 7pm.  Being the day before a holiday weekend, I figured there was no way the ambulette service would be anywhere near on time.  So I planned accordingly, packing my things slowly so I’d be ready for their 4pm scheduled arrival.  3:15pm rolls around, and the driver showed up.  I wasn’t ready!  He said they would send another driver back to pick me up around 4pm.  After numerous calls to dispatch to complain, and being told repeatedly, “within 30-45 minutes,” a different crew finally arrived at 7pm to pick me up.  Aye.  And being at home hasn’t been any more smooth/easy, either…

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June 10, 2008   9 Comments

Waiting for Godot, Part 1

Waiting.  Waiting.  Waiting.  I am waiting to leave.  My tentative departure date from Mount Sinai was supposed to be this past Tuesday, May 20th.  Well, my first discharge date was back in March, but that’s a whole other story.  But the first realistic one was this past Tuesday. It’s Thursday night and I’m still here waiting to leave, unsure whether or not I’ll be home in time for the Memorial Day weekend.  But being on the cusp of my departure has given me pause to think all about my stay here, how far I’ve come and how deeply this experience has impacted me.

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May 22, 2008   5 Comments

I like to kick people

Really.  It’s probably my favorite thing to do these days.  When therapists come near me, I kick them and they just smile.  When visitors come, I kick them and they either break into tears or start excitedly shouting.  Then they ask me to kick them again.  You see, I’m not being mean – I’m showing them for the first time that one of my legs has started to wake up.

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May 11, 2008   12 Comments