Homeward Bound?

Didn’t have much to say until now because I came here on a weekend when much of the staff is off. Things really start hopping around here on Monday! Physical therapists and doctors and occupational therapists and activities coordinators popping in an out all day long. I’ve had three therapy sessions so far and it’s looking very good for a Saturday release date. Which means we would get back to C-U in time to see the Soul Miners show!

Meanwhile I’ve been OK’d for getting around on my own with the help of a walker, and will probably be getting my own walker to bring home along with a couple other equipment aids.

“Home” is going to be Heidi’s home for a while. It’s safer than my tiny house with three cats roaming around, and Heidi will be able to watch over me — she’s really good at that! — and be there as needed.

One of our first tasks will be to buy some tops that close in front instead of going on over the head. With this protective collar around my neck (it’s the newest space alien look) and the difficulty in putting up my arms, most of my sweaters and other tops are inappropriate.

Meanwhile, I’m going to be reading “God Loves Laughter” to whatever residents would like to hear it, tonight and, if they are interested, every night till I leave. I’ve read that book to so many people in nursing home situations and listeners always find it a wonderful blend of humor and deep thought about God and His Messengers. So as soon as I realized I was going to be here my brain automatically made the association with the book, and Susan Engle kindly bought a copy for me.

I don’t know what my longer term plan is yet. My care manager at CTCA is coordinating oncology appointments and surgery information, and I expect I’ll be coming back up here a couple times in the next 2-3 weeks and resuming cancer treatment in another week or so.

This is a good place to be. I’m grateful it was here when I needed it.


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9 Responses to Homeward Bound?

  1. mickey says:

    Good! Just make sure that the walker is set high enough that you can stand up straight when using it. I see way too many people bending way over with walkers, causing neck and back strain, because they are either not using them properly or the walkers are set too low. In the mean-time my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Mickey

  2. Amy Eades says:

    That’s great news, Helen. Love and prayers <3

  3. janet says:

    so glad to hear of your progress! Such a gift to read to those around you! I am sure they are loving it. keep up the good work! j

  4. Bedi says:

    Helen, I am so glad to hear your progress. You have been in my prayers almost every day. Keep it up.

  5. Debora says:

    Helen, it’s great to hear that you are receiving such good care. So many of us are thinking of you, and are praying for you.

  6. Nancy Flood says:

    Hurrah for Cancer Treatment Centers of America! And a HUGE hurrah for you, Helen! Your positive attitude and your faith will continue to have a remarkable influence on your healing! Thanks for keeping all of us posted. With all the prayers coming your way you’ll soon be running circles around the rest of us (even with the walker).

    With love and prayers,
    Nan cy

  7. Remember the song: “I am woman, hear me roar…”
    Helen, you are that woman. love, shirley

  8. Ann Rundall says:

    I can just hear you talk as you write! I’ve been thinking lately how lucky we all are to have the teachings of Baha’u’llah to guide us through this life with all its ups and downs. We are going on Pilgrimage with Lynn Laskowski in March and will be saying many prayers there for you. Please know how much you are loved. Ann

  9. Lynn Laskowski says:

    Dear Helen,
    So far I have been writing to you privately but decided to go “public” this time. Let me say what a wonderful inspiration you are to us all and how very much you are loved!! Please continue on your healing journey as bravely as it has started or are you perhaps more in the middle now? When you mentioned reading God Passes By I thought what could be more perfect…laughter as they say is the best medicine so find something every day which makes you laugh…not a little guffaw or giggle but a landslide throwing back your head and belting it out there laugh…but be careful of your neck!! I have told you and I see Ann has reiterated we will pray for you and your family at the Holy Shrines in Haifa!

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