July 19, 2005


Today I went to my first out-patient rehab. another big step. in the journey to being back. the out-patient area is close to the in-patient therapy so I visited my first therapists and some of the rehab nurses.

I'm so happy that we visited them. they are the nices people in the whole world. God called them his angels on earth and I must agree with that. so much patience.

Not crafting yet and not playing guitar yet . but will. jk bought me a synthesizer to learn bass lines on and as I get my right side back I'll
play other things.

I've been in horrible pain. My mind doesn't know how to figure out the information from my right side so it says pain. I can tell that my brain is reconnecting and it nice. My therapist worked on streching me so all the pain magically is gone.

I've been one lucky person. I've had some of the best care and the therapists are the best so I'm looking foreward to a full recovery. that's what all the therapist think.

Life back home is pretty good. Jk is the best. I'm not the only one in our neighborhood who can't sleep. Nights are too hot.

On our anniversary we had a little scare. jk's heart beat is as fast as mine so we called the paramedics. he's fine. life has to give us a curve ball to make sure we are paying attention.

be well and enjoy life.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 3:29 PM

July 6, 2005

Moving Her Right Thumb

I get to blog on big news -- and I saw it today!

Riza said "I've never been able to move my thumb so much before."

"Really," I asked, "may I see it?" I was expecting barely perceptible motion (which would've been great) and I saw her moving a couple of centimeters either way.

"You're going to be tatting in no time," sez me. "And strumming," she says, moving her arm up and down in a strumming motion.

We are both so happy! She is moving to ourpatient care on July 19 and I think it is perfect timing and that they are best equipped to capitalize on this new capability.

Wonderful news, a wonderful day!

UPDATE: Kristen, her occupational therapist, has parlayed this into large arm movements as well. Riza can fully extend the arm and raise it back up against gravity. She can also rotate her wrist up and down.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:47 PM | Comments (2)

July 5, 2005

just life

sorry that I haven't blogged in a long time.

I used to go into work with jk in the mornings. now I stay home by myself. jk won't say this but he needs time off from being my care partner. it's not an easy job.

Thank you larry and david for visiting us on july 4th. It was nice to see old friends.

I'm still having therapy at home for the next couple of weeks. then I go back to mapleton as an out-patient. It will be nice to visit the friends that I made at mapleton.

I haven't tried any music or crafts. my right side still has a mind of its own and I'm not the one in control.

life is still pretty much an adventure. nerver know what blessing the day has . My walking is getting better. when jk and I go out, I usually use the fronf wheel weaker and not the wheel chair. It's nice to go out the front door and not the garage.

I can feel my body heal. life is pretty good. Heal body heal

Skylark is confused because I talk to my right side. I tell it not to hurt the dog. I fave this deadly grip on my right hand and I can't aleways concroll it. I do tell my right side when it's doing a good job.

Posted by Riza Rivera at 4:44 PM | Comments (1)