Kari's out of pocket medical costs
Today was a milestone for her because it was her first time being able to take full steps with her left leg while her right arm was holding on the walker. Previously she was only able to take half steps with the left leg and the physical therapist had to help move her leg forward. But with just minimal help from the physical therapist and with some verbal instructions she was able to watch herself stand tall in the mirror and take slow, arduous with the walker. She beamed proudly the entire time because she had never seen herself propel her left leg forward like this before. She made us all cry as we watched her take each step and she had to stop because she started to cry tears of joy herself.
She announced today that she probably won't climb El Capitan like Mark Wellman but that she will climb her own mountains like learning to walk, learning to drive, eventually going back to work and traveling the world.
She's also becoming more expressive, laughing more and her speech is not as flat or monotone as it was at the beginning. Before dinner, we sat around the piano and sang songs. She said "This is a moment I'll always remember. Singing Beatles songs with my family and my best friends. I'm almost crying because I'm so happy."
These past few weeks have been life changing for Kari, her family and friends. But her amazing recovery so far and her incredible strength and gratitude has inspired everyone around her including the staff. Thanks to everyone for cheering her on. Please continue to leave words of encouragement. Your love keeps her standing tall and taking more steps toward recovery!
Physical therapy don't work here on the weekends so it was up to us to get her up. After a lot of bitching from kari we sat her up, she stood up and took a few steps to the cardiac chair with our help. We toured the unit and she said hi to everyone and made the staff laugh with her constant jokes. We rewarded her with pizza and ben and Jerry's for sitting in the chair and she didnt complain that much today. Today was also the first day that she insisted on sitting in the cardiac chair for lunch. So she sat in the chair for a total of 3 hours which is the longest she has been able to tolerate the chair so far. Kari seems to have more energy each day and is also growing in her confidence in mobilization. She's a "hit" on the floor and the staff love to laugh at her jokes. She says that once she gets transferred to acute rehab her goals are to learn how to twerk and make her ass clap! ;)
Again, thanks to everyone for your continued support, loving words and prayers! Kari and her family are encouraged daily by all of you!