Carolyn Thorson is a CCC international worker who, while home in Omaha on furlough from her work in Gabon, fell and broke her left wrist and tore up her left knee. Here is the latest update from Carolyn.
Dear Family and Friends,
Yesterday I moved over to the Immanuel Fontenelle Home, room 167. I am in the Skilled Nursing Center. It is ranked one of the best in town. My room phone is 402-717-6201. I have had the occupational therapist here already this morning but the physical therapist has not yet been here to give me a walker or get me into a wheel chair. I’ve not been down to the dining area yet since I can’t get there without a wheelchair so my meals have been brought to me. I will meet the Physical Therapist after lunch.
I do not have internet in my room but when I can get to the lobby I will connect my little Netbook computer up to the internet so I’ll be able to send emails I’ve written. I’m glad that at least I’ll be able to use my own computer with the internet instead of using only the hallway group computer. I told the Recreational Therapist who walked through my room that without having wireless they really didn’t meet the recreational needs of some of their patients. She said that they are working on it. It just hasn’t happened yet. I’m just glad I’ll at least be able to connect, when I get a walker and wheelchair and can get around. 🙂
I slept very well last night. Was comfortable as long as I took the pain medicines. Right now I’m hurting and waiting for my pills to work so I can eat lunch in comfort. My last leg surgery was only Monday so it has not been all that long since surgery.
I don’t really see a schedule here so don’t know from day to day when I’ll have therapy. When I can get up to meals they are also kind of come and go I’m thinking, nothing that I have to be there at a certain time but yet I need to make sure I’m done eating for when I have therapies, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.
Visiting Hours are “Open Access” during Weekdays from 8am to 7pm and on the Weekends from 8am to 6pm.
Everyone seems nice here. I’m amazed at how many Africans work in the hospital and home situations. Some are nurses, some auxiliary helpers. They come from many countries in Africa so we have nice chats. I have two photo albums here with me and many people stop by and look at my photos. Let’s just say that I never finished my Alliance speaking tour…(missed three churches in Kansas) but I’m still doing a lot of speaking!!!!
I appreciated a daily visit from a Pastor or full time person from my Omaha Christ Community Church so I’ve met some new people by their good visitation system. Thank you CCC. I even got to “Attend” church last Sunday through their online service. That won’t be possible here at this center because it requires wireless.
I can’t possibly thank everyone for all your support but I can thank you for your prayers. I continue to need prayers as I strengthen my right leg and right arm that need to do the work for my other side. I will need surgery again in one month to take off the external fixater that is holding my left knee in place. Until those bars are taken off in a month, I will be doing NO rehabilitation on that knee/leg. It just needs to heel. After the fixater gets surgically removed sometime towards the third week in April, then I’ll start rehab on that leg.
I do not know how long I will be here at this skilled center. I might be here for the whole month before my next surgery or I might go “home”, wherever that is” and then go from there. All depends on many facteurs, including how well I can maneuver around from bed to walker to chair and back again. Absolutely no stepping down on my right leg though for a bout 3 months. At least that was the latest I heard.
Since i don’t know anything else to report at this time, I’ll sign off and get this sent later this afternoon when I’m able to branch my computer to the internet. Feel free to call and or visit.
Have a great day.