The long-awaited update

From: ReneeA
Sent on: Thursday, January 5, 2012 2:36 AM

people have been asking for an update, and it is long overdue.

i didn't feel well enough to write during the holidays, because it was so devastating, and i have not had many emails, calls, or visits (holidays -- bah, humbug! when you have no family, it is SO difficult).

i am better than i was, but probably not as well as you might think. so here's the update:

it's been five weeks. one splint is off, but the length of time i need to wear the other one has been extended. i have a manual chair, but haven't gotten into it much. i lost the helpers who know how to put me into it, so it's difficult to arrange. i've only made it into the rental van twice, and it's scary, but i plan to get up and out when i feel well enough and have the help.

it still hurts, i can't take a shower and the psoriasis is over 1/4 inch thick, but i think the worst of it now is that i have trauma response to the accident. that means that i have trouble thinking, cry over almost every small obstacle, and have extreme amounts of depression. i am told this will go away over time, but it's very hard to run the ad for caregivers, take care of scheduling, talk to insurance companies, make arrangements for rental equipment, etc. etc.

this weekend, i hope someone will give me a call or stop in for a visit.  i've come a long way, but i have a ways to go yet, and companionship is always the best remedy for me.

thank you all for your concern and caring.

Renee Alper
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