Signed up for home health services the last time I was at the doctor’s office. Yesterday, I saw the nurse who will be managing my case. This morning I visited with my physical therapist. She says my physical strength is good. Unfortunately my endurance is not near what is once was. As part of my baseline, I was able to walk only 3.5 minutes before I needed a break. She says my walking pace is good but the endurance is in need of increasing. I can stand up and sit down all right without aide as long as the chair is high enough off the ground. I do need to use my hands when sitting in my recliner as it sits lower than my office chair and couch. My rehab lady is a self described compassionate hard case, but that is the type I probably need.
After my car accident four years ago, I spent much time in depression and anxiety. As a result I stayed home most of the time and got almost no physical activity. So my endurance went down and I got more and more paranoid. The paranoia and bad health just fed on each other. I am lacking endurance because of my paranoia and I am paranoid because of my lack of endurance.
My sleep pattern has returned to normal. I usually go to bed around 9 or 10pm and wake up for good right at sunrise. I guess I’ve become a morning person since the weather turned colder. I don’t mind. I can socialize with my parents in the afternoon or late mornings as they are retired and I can socialize with my friends in the evenings after their work days.
I think today went alright, at least as far as first day of rehab goes. I have another aide coming in this afternoon. I’ll see where we go from there.