Thursday, July 14, 2011


When I asked my mom what the road to recovery means, she answered, "Taking it one day at a time." She is nothing short of amazing and also does her very best! Her new motto is "I can do hard things." It's from a favorite blog that my Mom and I both check out all of the time.

Many of you have wondered about her injury, so I am happy to bring pictures of her x rays!

This first one is the x ray that they did at the hospital. It's not the best x ray because she was in so much pain and they couldn't get the best angle, but you can definitely tell that something is broken.

Here is after surgery. Look at how much exciting hardware she has!!!

Here is the scar:

Month 2 has been filled with her new job, physical therapy.

She started physical therapy Monday, June 27th at Superior Physical Therapy. They have a great advantage to being attached to Gold's Gym, so many exercises are done at the gym. Cindy goes 3 times a week for 2 hours (or more) each time. When she doesn't have therapy, she has exercises that she has to do 3 times a week. She has done a lot of therapy on a stationary bike. Here is a bit of her progress:

Day 1 - 6 rotations backwards
Day 2 - 75 rotations backwards
Day 3 - 200 rotations forwards
Day 4 - 300 rotations forward
Day 5 - 500 rotations forward

They have used a ratchet to bend leg backwards, which cranks very slowly. This is most painful. When she started physical therapy, her regular bend was 80 degrees; a normal bend is 120 degrees.

They are also working hard to break down the scar tissue. They scrape the muscles to do this.

Cindy went back to work as a receptionist the week after Father's Day, answering phones, and occasionally (and probably awkwardly) being the nurse. She works 3 times a week for 4 hours.

Our latest funny moment while visiting was having my mom show me her thumbs.

Her right thumb was broken (so left in picture) in the accident and she does not have quite the bend as she does in the other hand. If you play the piano, you need to be able to play octaves, so that will be another challenge that will come up ...

I have decided that it's all about trust in the Lord. These trials make us stronger and change and mold our character and who we will become. Cindy and Kelly have been blessed to know how many people care for them and love them. For me, these past 2 months have been a time to give service and to get to know my mom a little better. And for that, I am grateful.

All in all she is doing well. Most days are good days. And she is getting stronger!!!

How she sits most days

Thank you for your love and support!!!

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