9 People Who Inspire Me to Keep Going

Whatever your situation, odds are that you are facing an uphill battle. If you have been injured or ill then you have to get back on your feet; if you are dealing with a life changing condition, then you need to adapt. You need the tools to develop and keep …

Coping With Crutches

There is an art and a science to living with crutches that not everyone is aware of. Half of the time, the hospitals send you home with crutches after 10 minutes of instruction, which usually leads to a week of fumbling and frustration. Using Crutches There are a number of …

Things to Do During Bed Rest & Recuperation

Bed rest and recuperation is boring So what are you going to do about it? Seen every television show and movie you ever wanted to see? You have read everything you wanted to read, at least for now?Sick of all things passive? Thought that story would be uplifting, but then …

My Inspiration

My Inspiration I found out who I wanted to be at 11 years old. I’d had 9 surgeries by the time I was 10. Traction, body casts and bone grafting, I had been through the mill. It is all a blur, and I never felt connected to it until number …

Surgery – Common Questions and Fears

Surgery can be daunting. We all get scared, even if we’ve been through it before. Getting some advance information and preparing yourself will make it easier. Based on my research, these are the most common questions and fears that people have. I hope that eventually I will be able to …

Surgery – Overcoming Embarrassment

One major battle when one is recuperating from surgery is to overcome embarrassment. People create an enormous amount of stress for themselves by keeping their worries a secret. To get best advice, you need to be able to be completely honest and open with your doctors, your nurses and your …

After Surgery – Discharge Day

After surgery and healing, there is freedom. My favorite hospital day is always discharge day. Typically I know it is coming ahead of time. They will usually tell me I can go home the following day provided certain criteria is met. When I had my hip replacements, I had to be …

After Surgery – Hospital Routine

Odds are that your first day in your hospital room is a blur. You don’t get there until halfway through the day and you are pretty out of it, so your first real taste of hospital life is likely your first morning. Rule 1: Sleep is Constantly Interrupted This is …

After Surgery – Hospital Room

So here you are, in your hospital room, your new home for the next few days. Lets take a tour, shall we? Your Bed The hospital bed is a wonderful thing. I find it easier to get comfortable using all the buttons to get into position. I usually ask for …

Surgery Day – Recovery Room

Wake Up! I have a very predictable and unusual reaction to anesthetic, so I can’t tell you how you will feel when you wake up after surgery. I always wake up suddenly and am very lucid and freezing cold. Once I am warm and have my little morphine button, I …