Tuesday, August 26, 2008

another update

Hi everyone,

I've been home for almost two weeks now and things are going very well. The tingling and numbness I felt before I entered the hospital have gone, and I feel my body becoming normal again (back to what it used to). I still do physical therapy and I'm diong it three times a week, and after next week it'll be reduced down to two times a week. I'm able to sprint now and squat down, which dosen't seem like much but for me it's a big improvement. I remember the first time I tried to squat down I fell, also the pain in my legs is gone when I walk so it's easier for me now to be walking a lot. I have another followup in two months for my MRI, and a cardiology appointment in the next few weeks to see if I need to stay on my heart medicine, and a follow up with the rehab doctors (all my therapists too!) at the end of september to make sure i'm on track.

I plan on doing a full course load at school this quarter, joining a gym, working on my business, and getting a job as a mentor at a non-profit clinic. Things are looking up and I'm pretty happy. Below is a picture I put together from my time in the hospital to show yuo all the differences.

Thank you all again for everything yuo've done for me, and for praying for me and keeping me in yuor thoughts.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Finally Home

I'm home! I've been home since yesterday and it's so nice to be back again. Things have been going pretty well here, I start physical therapy at Olympic on Tuesday for 3 days a week, my previous PT therapist only thinks I need it for a month so hopefuly its only that long! No traveling at least until January but that's okay, I decided not to drop out of school and continue to do a full load this fall all online though!

The doctors still are unsure of my diagnosis. I had an MRI yesterday and it showed another slight improvement. My next one is scheduled for two months from now, which is when my follow up appointment is. Hopefully things continue to progress at this rate. :)

Thank you all again for everything you've done for me!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Third Update from Wennie

Hello all

I have some good news on Saturday morning I was informed that I had an order to go home for the weekend. After my 2 morning sessions I was allowed to leave and I went and saw the Sisterhood movie with my mom, sister, and cousin. We also went out to dinner, it was nice to get out of the hospital and to be home. I hadn't been home in almost 5 weeks and my bed still feels good. I think I lost a lot of fat on my butt though because sitting on hard surfaces is not comfy at all, I feel like I'm sitting on my bone! The hospital also gave me a cane to help my walk, I'm going to decorate it soon so its not so boring. This morning I woke up around 6 with really bad pain in my right ribs and had to be rushed back to the hospital where the pain seemed to stop. (My brother thinks its because my body is used to the hospital)

Therapy is going well, my PT therapist is uping one of my sessions to an hour each day. On Friday I went on a fifteen minute walk outside, and it was so hard. Having to relearn how to live again is hard, but so worth it. Because now everything I do means more, I appreciate it all more. Whatever ends up happening to me I know will be okay, because its in God's plan. There's already a path set out for me and all I can do is follow it, I'm at peace with everything in my life right now. This whole thing has taught me so much about inner strength, acceptance, myself, and the kindness of others. All I can do is work hard and be happy about being alive.

The doctors are still unsure of my diagnosis, and have said they might never know and it's okay. I mean all that matters is I'm improving. I was told I may never drive again because sometimes I have double vision, and shaky vision and it's okay because gas is expensive! The bright side is I can take the bus and save money! Below is a video from Thursday's afternoon PT session. And my best news yet, I was told I would be discharged on FRIDAY (the 15th!). I'll still have follow up appointments and out patient therapy for a few months around my area but that's it. At least until we figure out what it is I have, if we ever do, and if we need to figure out a treatment plan. But I get to go home in 5 days!

Thank you all for your prayers!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Another Update from Wennie

Hi everyone

I officially started rehab today, the paper work is finally in and everything! Physial theraby is twice a day as is occupational therapy. PT made me sweat so bad today, but I know that this is what's giong to help me get better and help me go home. I don't think I ever worked this hard even when I was healthy. There's a meeting tommorow with the whole rehab team and i'm giong to tell them my goals etc. I plan on going home in about a week or two so expect to see me soon! I also found out today that I'm allowed to leave rehab for a few hours a day if I so choose!

Things are getting better everyday and its because of all of you. Thank you for keeping me in your prayers and your thoughts. Everything that happens, and will happen, happens for a reason. Oh and my rehab is usually done by 3 if you wanna stop by and say hey. :)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Personal Update from Wennie

Hello Everyone!

I was moved to rehab this morning around 8 am, and am excited. Two weeks ago I was in the ICU, just last week I was allowed to eat nectar thick liquids and solids. Today I passed my last swallow test and now I'm allowed to have thin liquids and ice creams. I feel like I'm making a lot of progress, each day I have a little bit of improvements and it's a good thing. :) My walking is getting better everyday too!

The doctors are still unsure of what exactly is wrong with me, so they can't rule anything out. The only way they can is if they do a biopsy (which the doctors don't want to do because it can leave me paralyzed). So according to the doctors I'm a medical mystery. The last MRI I had showed a slight improvement to the second one, which is good. I have another MRI in a about a week, and a VEP test today.

I want to personally thank everyone for helping out at the car washes, praying for me, keeping me in your thoughts, and just all of the positive energy. It's because of you guys that I'm making such great progress. Thank you guys for everything. I'm not just fighting for myself or my family and friends I'm fighting for everyone. Below is a picture I took with my sister. :) there will be a video of me walking on my own outside using a railing (I walked down a ramp, and then back up!) soon.

P.S. when I know my rehab schedule we can figure out visiting hours! I'm hoping to be home in a week or two though! At 4:15pm I got my NGT tube taken out, and am offically off any kind of tube.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Left foot

Today was a great day, Wennie had physical therapy in the morning and she has started to put more weight on her left foot. Her left foot is also her weak foot so we are trying to be as careful as possible as she begins to walk. Wennie's voice and appetite has increased as well and she has started eating desserts. She still has the feeding tube because water is still too thin to drink but on Monday if she passes this last swallow test she will be able to drink clear liquids again. The doctors are quite impressed with her progress, so impressed that they will move her to rehab next week where she can practice more walking. Below are two videos from this morning's physical therapy session. In addition to her progress, she has also started to check her emails and blog and has seen all the kind words of support sent by many of you. I know this has contributed to her miraculous recovery and we are all truly touched by the kindness of friends and strangers. As we continue to take it one day at a time, we thank you for your love and support!