I just finished with my physical therapist and she signed off on releasing me from the hospital! I walked a full lap with the walker and then we decided to try the crutches again and figured out why I found them so hard yesterday… The guy had them set to handle a 7 footer!¬†She lowered them way down and I was able to use them very easily.

We also worked on stairs. Coming down the stairs was actually pretty challenging, but I only had one run at it because the dressing on my leg started falling off! Luckily I don’t have any stairs to mess with at the apartment, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.

I’m not sure when I will be released, but we need to get prescriptions for pain meds and have the dressing on my leg changed first, so it might be in the afternoon. Here are a couple more pictures my dad took as I worked with the physical therapist this morning!

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10 Responses to Released!

  1. Zona Trahan says:

    Rob, don’t you just love when they label you a fall risk, then send a physical therapist who is not big enough to catch a kid, much less you!!!! After an ankle surgery I needed to “learn” stairs because my apartment was on the 2nd floor. They sent a physical therapist who says “you need to walk up the stairs.” I told her I had been walking on crutches, up and down the stairs, for 3 weeks prior to the surgery and I would be happy to do it for her if she would just give me a few more hours. Being the first time I had general anesthesia, I didn’t react to it very well and was extremely weak from no food for a couple of days. She actually got cranky with me and said her schedule was full and I needed to do it now. OK, I said, if you can get someone big enough to catch me if I begin falling down the stairs. She forced, I tried and we both fell down the stairs breaking her wrist. I wanted to feel badly for her, but it just didn’t come (I know, bad me)! I know they are only doing very good things those physical therapist, but …. well can I just say …. do you look 7′ tall?!?!

    I am so happy to see you up and moving. I’m sure the pain is very unpleasant and I’m glad you are not one of those people that tries to muscle through. If the body is dealing with pain, it takes away from dealing with healing (wow, I rhyme :-). I think you have earned a steak fest.

    Rob, thank you so much for just being you. We had a lunch on Friday for someone leaving IBM and most of the people at the table had worked for your Dad at some point. Therefore, we had all been keeping up with your blog and getting updates from your Dad. You will never, ever know the full impact you have had on people and helping them understand perspective and attitude. I’m truly sorry God’s plan included this pain for you, but what a glory to God you have been!!!

    • ken reeves says:

      Great to see you up and moving around. I know that this is a tough time for you but hang in there because it will get better. After 25 1/2 years I still have phantom sensations some but not pains, it will take awhile for you to remember that you cant jump up and walk off like you always have, I recall not long after I got home from the hospital I got up out of the recliner and did a flip because I tried to step off on a leg that wasnt there. You have a great attitude and that will help you deal with this loss just remeber you will soon be able to do anything you set your mind to and realize it is different but its not the end of life as you know it. Stay strong and trust in God to use you as an example for others and remember that God does not lay on us more than we can handle. God bless you and your family and remember if you have questions or just need to talk let me know. Ken

  2. peggy redfern says:

    Wow, you’re making great progress! Keep up the good work.

  3. Bob and Paula Parris says:

    Hi, Rob!
    We’re glad your Aunt Joan and Grandmother have joined your “entourage.” We have been blessed by your courageous spirit and trust in God during these difficult days. May He continue to lift you up on “eagle’s wings” throughout your recovery and this beginning of a new chapter in your life.

  4. janie redfearn morris says:

    Rob. We are so proud of you and your incredible courage as you endure with such faith this extremely difficult battle. That’s amazing that you are already home this afternoon. I have to admit I have found myself angry about feeling that they are not doing enough for your pain. I keep fussing with Roslyn and saying tell them to pull out ALL the stops for you!!!!! She continues to reassure me that they are, that this is just a very complicated pain management situation. Just know that we continue to pray and believe the best for you. All our love. Janie

  5. caryn says:

    so proud of you, rob. i am so glad to see you’re doing well and getting released to go home!

  6. Robert James says:

    Rob, you are an inspiration to anyone going through a difficult situation. You are an inspiration to anyone at anytime. Keep Aunt Fanester and Joan entertained while they are there. Tell your dad “Happy Birthday” for me.
    Take care,

  7. Pam Jernigan says:

    Rob, I know your Aunt Joan and your grandmother Fanester from church. You have been in my prayers. You are an amazing young man! Your attitude and determination has touched many people. I will continue to keep you in my prayers as you learn to live with this change in your life.

  8. Rebecca Beckett says:

    Rob! You are really something else! Beckett and I have been praying for you guys nonstop and I can see that (as ALWAYS) our God is so Faithful! I know you have a road ahead of you but I can see that you are off to a phenomenal start and per usual you have a fantastic attitude!! Praying for you!!

  9. Carol Hoover says:

    Hey, Rob! Glad to hear you are home! We are thankful for the good news that continues to come our way about your surgery. I know Joan and your Mema are so happy to be there with you. Stay strong. You are such an inspiration and a blessing to so many!
    Carol Hoover

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