Saturday, August 21, 2010

Celebrate Sitting Again.

Eva Gonzales.

Here it is the 21 August; it is two years ago that I had to stay in bed because of a huge pressure sore.

It is hard for me to not feel deprived of two years of my life, two years that could have been different.

If only my electric wheelchair had been the right size for me, I told the burocrats but they would not listen.

When I tried to get something done to improve how I was sitting I was told that I should give the chair abit of time.

Well I did and look what happened within two months had the first little pressure sore that healed quickly.

Only for it to happen again three times one after the other, action was still not taken even when in June 2008 the Rehabilitation Clinic told them urgent action was needed.

They finally got moving end of July beginning of August but by then it was too late as the pressure sore was too deep.

And I had to stay in bed 24/7 until end of November 2009 when the wheelchair seat and back had been adapted.

I sat briefly until beginning of January when a new cushion for the shower chair caused friction which removed the skin over the healed up wound.

This took three months to heal; those three months caused a lot of additional damage to my torso muscles.

It has also increased my spinal problems because my muscles are no longer working well enough to counteract.

Now I am very crooked indeed all thanks to the inaction of the burocrats whose job it is to ensure the welfare of handicapped people.

Oh well enough of that today I am going to celebrate sitting again on the second anniversary.


Joan said...

What a sad story today but so glad you are sitting again enjoy, Love Joan

Stephany said...

Hi Herrad,

It's hard to believe it's been 2 years, you have endured a lot!!

Definitely enjoy the moment in the chair today, and give yourself a lot of self-credit for having such stamina and for not giving up.

Hope you enjoy being with Richie and the dogs watching food prepping and looking out the window at your leisure!


Anonymous said...

Dear Herrad, I'd like to wish you only the very best for the Sunday of yours.

Patrick@Caregivingly Yours said...

Horns honking! Trumpets blaring! Crank up the music! Sitting again is worth celebrating!

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

Bibliotekaren said...


So sorry for your rugged journey. Especially when you were noting that something was wrong but not getting solutions.

Rather than saying "bottoms up" -- am wishing you "bottom down" for a long time to come. And, more sun on your face.


Webster said...

Yay! You are sitting - in the living room with Richie and Spike and Marlene. I hope they get you a proper sized table soon.

But first - is it still raining? Have you made it to the market yet?
If not, what are you waiting for?
(I hope it's not that poncho/ cape, because you can't let something like that stop you at this point. Look at it this way - use whatever you have that will keep you dry today, and be stylin' later.

I guess what I'm saying is that you never know what bit of life is going to jump out and bite you in the butt... or when it will decide to do it.

Another thing I want to know is how can the days go by so incredibly fast and exasperatingly slow at the very same time? Any thoughts on this?

Herrad said...

Hi Joan,
You are right losing two years is a very sad story, I am very happy I can sit again.

Hi Stephany,
It is incredible to think that it has been two years.
It has been a tough two years.
We have both endured alot and of course sitting now is not so easy as I need constant adjustments but we will I am sure manage this too.
I very much enjoyed sitting yesterday especially as it was the 2nd anniversary.
Enjoyed watching Richie making a delicious lasagna for our dinner.

Hi Robert,
Thanks for your good wishes for Sunday hope yours is a pleasant day too.

Hi Patrick,
We did crank up the. music and you are right sitting again is brilliant and worth celebrating.

Hi Donna,
Thanks for your comment, it is so difficult when concerns are not taken seriously at the right time.
Glad I got through it with Richie love and care.
I intend to be bottoms down for a long time to come.

Hi Webster,
Being in our front room/kitchen again is brilliant love playing with the dogs.
You are right I will put on whatever there is in layers and style later.
And you are right you never know what will happen next.

Thanks everyone for coming by feels so good to see your comments.
You are such good friends to me and Richie I really appreciate your friendship and support.
Have a good day.

janis said...

Herrad~ You inspire me so much! Love to you my dear blog friend!

Herrad said...

Hi Janis,
Thanks for coming by and leaving your sweet comment.