Wednesday, March 17, 2010

physical therapy

First of all, thank you for the continuous prayers that I know are coming from so many people. I feel them, and I feel God working in my body. I see Him working in my life! Thank you!

I am currently going to physical therapy three times a week. When I first started in the beginning of February, it was very basic. I could hardly stand for my right "numb" leg to be touched or moved. Many movements were almost unbearable. Over the past several weeks, however, I have made much progress in therapy. My legs and knees have been retrained to squat again (that was huge for me!), and I have better use of the right side of my body. However, I do have a long way to go. Because of the amount of time I laid both in a hospital bed and on the couch (months!) my body lost so much muscle and natural strength/ability. When I leave p.t. each session I can hardly walk and am in pain. When I do all of my exercises at home the pain continues. My current worst physical "ailment," if you will, is pain that starts in my right shoulder and shoots down through my arm into my fingers. I also have constant pain in all of the right side of my middle/upper back. I sound like such a complainer, I know, but want to be honest about my continuous recovery. What gets me through every physical therapy session without crying/complaining is thinking of my big brother Wesley. I remember as we grew up he'd go through AGONIZING physical therapy every time he had surgery, which was often, and he even learned to walk again more than once. He NEVER complained, but instead encouraged his therapists, doctors, and family like only he can. He is my physical therapy inspiration!

Please pray:
  • That I continue to make good progress each session
  • That I have the strength to do my home exercises
  • That I regain feeling in my right leg
  • That I can run again someday!
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28


  1. Oh Wendy, so good to hear from you. I still think of you often and pray that you will soon be pain free. As for running? Well, I hope that for you as well but for now I am just happy to know you are doing well and getting around. My best wishes to you always and to your incredible mom and dad. ---Lori

  2. It's great to hear an update on how things are going.
    How frustrating about all that pain. I can't imagine how difficult it is to get up the courage to keep stretching and exercising knowing pain will come from it, yet looking at the long term knowing that same exercise is helping to take the pain away.
    One step at a time. Praying for continued progress, hope for today and future, and joy in the moment.