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My New Digs

Thought it was about time to let you see my new digs. We moved a hospital-like bed into the great room off our kitchen, and this is my new home for the next several weeks.

Initially I was going to just post one photo, but Sterling thought it might be more entertaining for you to see me walk to the bed. . . I can even get my feet up on the bed all by myself now with my little blue pick-up thingie (I’m sure there’s an official name for it, but I don’t know what it is). It sounds silly, but I couldn’t do that a few days ago. Every day there are tiny bits of improvement that are cause for celebration!

And moments that are cause for concern. I woke up this morning with symptoms of a blood clot in my leg. After calling my doctor, he said he wanted me looked at, so we almost had to go back to the hospital. Thankfully, my sweet bishop (the leader of our church congregation) is an ER doctor, and he was more than willing to stop by and check it out. . . .saved us the trip.

He wasn’t too concerned, said the symptoms were fairly localized and to just watch it closely. We sat and chatted for a few minutes and shared some thoughts and feelings about the past couple weeks. He encouraged me to write down some of those, even though I might not feel like they’re very significant. . . said someday I might wish I had them recorded. So in the coming days and weeks, I will probably share some more reflective, thoughtful posts. Hope I don’t bore you too much!

Another highlight today was going outside for a few minutes. My sweetheart can get me down the stairs in my wheelchair, and Jon built me a step so I can get into the car with Sterling’s help. So we don’t have to rely on anyone else being here for me to be a little bit mobile. Today we went for a short ride (I can’t sit for a long period of time, mostly I reclined in the car seat) up the canyon, and it was fabulous! Beautiful almost-fall day. . . crisp air, gorgeous scenery, much appreciated!  I’m appreciating a lot of things these days, but I’ll save those thoughts for another post.




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Reader Comments (98)

I love the "little blue thingie"! I had to use my hands to lift my legs. Progress! You're looking good managing on your own. I know that must be liberating for you. I'm glad you get to go outdoors, as well. It won't be long before the fresher weather arrives. I'm sure you're looking forward to it. And Sterling was right, it was more entertaining seeing the other pics!
September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Steel
You are totally amazing Shelli .....you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers xoxo
September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaxine Conrad
It is great to see you walking even if its a few feet that determination is what keeps you going.. oh and I love the little blue thingie.keep smiling.
September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSerena Marsh
It is wonderful that you are home! You seem to be continuing to improve quickly - although I know it doesn't seem very quickly to you. I know you are loving being a bit more mobile and able to get outside a bit.
I noticed the high chair next to the bed. That is exactly like the high chair we had for my daughters! We still have it in the attic with hopes to be able to use it for grandchildren one day! :)
September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Murphy
Loving the comfy clothes... and before you know it, you'll be back in your on own bed and giving up the fire side bungalow that you have right now, lol. I'm very happy to see your doing better. Take care... and let us know what happens next, : )
September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEva Bussom
Way to go Shelli!! Those blue thingies are awesome!! Stirling was right, we love seeing the photos of your achievements :) Keep smiling & looking forward to seeing where the next leg of your recovery journey takes you. Love to you all xxx
September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMel Sharp
Thank you to you and sterling for all the updates, super photos.

So glad you are managing to get outside as well, the beauty of fresh air and a little drive with your sweetheart! Some times we rush around and fill our days with stuff, but isn't it nice to stop and actually appreciate the little things that matter. Wouldn't a this and that book be brilliant for journaling all your thoughts and photos of your journey back to good health. A treasure to keep and look back on how far you have come. I know we would all love to see the pages, keep up all your lovely posts! Big hugs from the UK xxxxxx
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennymoors
Hi Shelli,

love seeing you do your little Babysteps! But that' s what counts one after another. You'll make it. Soon! I know it.
Share everything you like here with us. That's why we are coming back every day, checking your blog for some news. As little as they may be. Every tiny step is important.
Greetings from Germany
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Well done, keep it up! You're a trooper and an inspiration xxx
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne Weaver (UK)
Shelli I am proud of you. I know what it takes to be qualified to get to go home and then get set up at home. It's something else. As I recover from my knee replacement I am using those blue thingies too. PT at the hospital suggested strongly to get them. They are great for giving you independence. And I am sure right now you are longing for that and some quiet time.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandy McManus
Way to go Shelli! Every bit of your story reminds me to be grateful for every little bitty thing in my life. I bet, before the accident, it was a rare moment to be grateful being able to get in and out of bed independently. I know for me that is the case if I forget to be mindful.
So happy to see your progress. You really are an inspiration Shelli. I look forward to the thoughts you anticipate sharing with us.
Take gentle care.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeg McAlister
Dear Shelli,

It's so good to see your smiling face and to read your posts. Just remember to think of where you were 1 week ago and you'll really appreciate your progress (and what you don't have to endure again!). Of course that blue apparatus is called a "Quicker Leg Picker-Upper", inspired by a little doo-dad I found to pick up adhesive backed rhinestones and pearls.

I think of you often and send you positive energy and thoughts of serenity.

Gentle Hugs,
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRee Nathan
Shelli, WONDERFUL progress. Each bit of independence is a celebration! Each day has it's "baby steps" forward. It makes for much appreciation of things that are taken for granted. It is also wonderful in terms of what can be done with adaptations (the blue thingy and walker). I've worked with children with disabilities and I count so many blessings, that we can recover from injuries and that they are not permanent. Also, the love of family and friends! Take care and keep making those steps forward!
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
Shelli -- you're making great progress! Remember ... one day at a time!!! Keep up the great work and keep that beautiful smile on your face. How wonderful it must be to be in your own home and just think how much easier it will be to sneak into the kitchen for a midnight snack with your "new room" in such close proximity! I ran across this video for something else the other day and hope it brings a smile to your face -- http://youtu.be/sNl8rODXIBk -- you especially will enjoy watching it with your youngest grandchildren. Celebrate your new way to walk and each tiny sign of progress. God continues to hold you in healing hands as we hold you in our hearts. Blessings, Gretchen
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen Barron
Dear Shelli, YOU ARE AMAZING! I cannot believe how fast you are recuperating. Broken clavicle, arm and pelvis (in 2 places right?) I remember my EMT training and the pelvis always breaks in 2 places. I am guessing you broke your right clavicle? I am amazed at your being able to even use a walker, did the docs put you in a figure 8 for your clavicle? I don't think drs use figure 8's any longer, but it sure helped me when I broke mine in 4 places. And being able to sit or walk at all with your pelvis...WOW. I can say your being in such good shape has to have helped a lot with your being able to get around so soon, at home and in the hospital. Keep up the great work.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCandyD
Shelli, i am so proud of you! You are an inspiration to all of us. Your determination and faith are your motor. Keep on going up and up, a few downs in between, but I know you can do this. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Hugs from Canada!
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Alward
So happy for you! Sure does help you remember to appreciate all the things that we take for granted. God has truly Blessed you.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Krichbaum
So happy to see you are home and improving everyday! You are an amazing woman. Thank you for sharing your trials and showing us your strengths.
Hoping that your dizziness is getting better - I have the loose crystals in the ears...not fun!!!! If you ever need it checked, I know an awesome doctor who works his "voodoo" magic...it works amazingly well!
You continue to be in my prayers.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Granger
Shelli keep up the good work. I had a stroke and I can understand what you are going through minus the pain. It is slow going but each day and with many prayers I too am getting stronger. May God continue to be with you in all you do.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNanci
My husband said the blue things you use to lift your feet are called a "foot grabber" officially. I call it my riding crop. Looks just like one. FYI.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandy McManus
Your progress is great! I am so glad for you. The prayers are bring answered! Keep up the good work. You will be sprinting soon.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKay Hahn Casler
Wonderful progress! Being home is really a big help in the healing process
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Miller

So glad to see you are coming along nicely. It's amazing what The Lord will bless us with. Continue to look for the positive as you go thru this experience and you will excel as you always do. Let Him guide you each day and rely on His strength when needed. God bless you and your family.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Jo
Shelli, so glad you are progressing so well. Don't ever feel you are boring us with details. Pictures are great too. Each day brings more success in the process of getting back to "normal". God is good and continues to be with you on each step.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Craig
Lots and lots of prayers coming your way!!!!!

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Traufler

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