Thursday, October 20, 2016

Seriously, again?

It wasn't as warm on Wednesday as it was on Tuesday. But it was sunny and less windy, so it turned out to be quite a nice day.

I left for "lunch" at 10:30 a.m. and drove to the Botsford Rehab Center for my evaluation. I told the boss I'd be gone about an hour. I was gone for 2 1/2 hours!

I blame that on the 20 page questionnaire you first have to fill out. Not only the usual questions like, the dates of all your surgeries or the medications you take, but your pain levels, does it affect you walking, sleeping, driving and so on.

Finally I got in to be evaluated. The range of motion exam was the worst. By the time it was finished, she had totally trashed my left knee and right arm's rotator cuff.

The results? My right leg is much stronger than my left and might left arm is stronger and more mobile than my right (big surprise). Oh, and my back is all screwed up (I think I mentioned that in my questionnaire).

So, I have nine therapy session scheduled for the next two months and three exercises to do at home. Sigh. But, if it helps, its worth it.

One thing she said did stick in my head. She asked if my chair at work had adequate back support. I said yes without thinking.

If you remember, I couldn't sit in the new mesh-backed ones that Facilities bought. Since they don't buy chairs for handicapped, I paid for an extra support and installed it, but that didn't help either. So, I gave that chair to Fred and my friend from Facilities, Michelle, smuggled me over an old style one. That worked better.

But, that chair is probably 10 years old, now. Could it be worn out? Could that be the source of my problems?

So, I went online and started researching orthopedic office chairs. I was shocked! Did you know you can pay $1700.00+ for a dumb chair?

I read through all the reviews and bought the "Best under $300.00" chair. Hopefully, it only has to last for the next two years, anyway. I had it sent to work, but I'll have to assemble it myself.

I didn't get any lunch, but thankfully, I had a yogurt in the fridge and an apple, so I made do.

My aches and pains (old and new) got worse during the afternoon. So, when I got home, my working outside plans got scrapped. I took an extra Celebrex and laid on the bed, watching the news.

I ate the rest of the chicken fried rice for dinner and watched the hockey game until bedtime.


  1. What spurred your visit to Botsford Rehab Center?

  2. Ever since Margaret moved down by you my back has worse. So, I mentioned it to my doctor when I was there. She immediately want to prescribe pain meds. I told her I wouldn't take them so she suggested therapy. I agreed.

  3. *sniffle* My boy's growing up.