First off, I'd just like thank everyone for all the will-wishes and support. It's been great to know that there are so many of you who care, and it reminds me of why I love the RT community and what makes you guys so great. If any of you are interested in learning more about the accident... well, there's not much. However, my supervisor emailed me a link to the news report, and you can see it here.
So, I'm feeling much better than I did 2 weeks ago when I made my first post about the incident, so I figured this was a good time to give you guys a less rushed (and more coherent) update.
As I mentioned before, my company flew out my dad and stepmom when I was injured. Before I was transferred to the acute care facility, Gaylord Hospital, my stepmom took a flight to my home in Dallas. There, she picked up my cat, Sienna, and my gerbils, packed up some extra things for me, buttoned up my apartment, and drove my car to California where she is taking care of my pets for me.
My dad, in the meantime, is staying with me in Connecticut until I'm discharged and can go to California. He has been a huge help, and I'm so glad he's here. He's bought me sweats and looser clothes since I had only packed business casual, and they didn't really fit (in size or purpose) after the accident. He's bought me treats, helped me deal with paperwork and insurance, been my moral support, and even helps me out with my workouts in physical therapy. I don't think I could have gotten through half of this without him here. Love you, Daddy!
Physically, I'm improving in leaps and bounds. All of my staples and sutures have been removed, and I'm cleared to take showers instead of just cleaning myself out of a sink. I'm not able to take one every day, but it's nice when I can, and it's a step closer to feeling human again. I've also come a long way in my physical therapy. When I started, I was unable to move my left leg at all. Now, I can raise my left leg, kick it in and out, and almost scissor kick it when I'm on the mat. It's still painful, I don't have a large range of motion, and I can't put any weight on it for another month, but it's working again! I'm doing so well, that I was issued my yellow bracelet. That means that I can get in and out of bed on my own, and I can go to the bathroom by myself but only using the wheelchair. Overall, it's just little things and freedoms, but they're a huge morale boost.
Also, my doctors have been weaning me off the pain medication. For the most part, I haven't noticed a difference until this last Monday. They took my medication down another notch. A big one. And it hurt. I have quick release painkillers that are only issued to me if I ask, and I went from taking 3 of them a week to 3 of them a day. Thankfully, the doctor reevaluated and re-upped my meds. I'm back to feeling painless for the most part.
To top all this great news off, I have been cleared to fly home by 3 out of 4 of my doctors. This is momentous news for my dad and I. Originally, because both of my lungs collapsed, I had been told that I would not be able to fly for 60 to 90 days after my accident, due to concerns that the pressurized cabin would cause them to collapse again (or something like that). Because of that, we had expected to have to take Amtrak or, gods forbid, drive home. If I can fly home, it turns a 3 to 4 day train ride into a one day trip! I see the last doctor tomorrow. If my heart doctor approves, I will leave the hospital and fly home this Thursday March 26th. If not: best case scenario, I have to take the train home this week; worst case, I have to stay longer in the hospital until he says I'm clear to go. Wish me luck!
Finally, a special thanks to:
Sorry I didn't respond to anyone's comments, but I really do appreciate them. I now have more mobility and more computer access, so I'll be better able to respond to them from now on.