Progress, Not Perfection

  • Posted on: 17 April 2015
  • By: MeiLin

I'm home, or what passes for home right now. I've been here a month--more than a month, really. I am having more fun working at home than I ever had at the care center. I am home, y'all!

Fun aside, I am not whole. I still can't stand for any long length of time. I'm unable to walk steadily--but news flash! I'm able to walk! Yay!! I was unable to walk unassisted, and then only for short steps. And that was after six weeks of rehab. (I started unable to lift my right leg. At all. Like, not even a little.)

So actually, I'm doing extremely well, fantastically well. I stand to fix breakfast and lunch for myself, I walk to my room and the bathroom, I'm... Normal. I'm normal at home. I stagger a little, my gait is uneven, but I'm normal. Especially at the beginning of the day.

Today, I met with the physical therapist and the occupational therapist separately. The PT said I've got six more visits--three weeks. The OT and I will continue to see one another for a while yet; I still have work to do there. I don't have the ability to hold what we've done in my mind very long, though it's longer than it's ever been.

Yesterday, I said goodbye to the speech therapist, for good. I'm done. Smile

I'm moving fast, but don't expect to see me back to normal for several months. Thank you, everyone, for remaining my friends.


MsGamgee's picture


Of course we're still your friends! We're all rooting for you!

Clare-Dragonfly's picture


I'm so happy to hear that you're home and you're healing!

Gudy's picture


... made for an excellent start of the week. Smile

Other than that, I'll just echo what Clare and MsGamgee have said.

Hugs and Love,

Amy's picture


I get involved in my mundain life for a large period of time, come back and find that you have had a rather horrible time of it. ((((((MeiLin)))) I am so sorry for the fire and all the special treasures that have been lost. I lost a lot of special teasures to a flood once I know how much it hurts to know that somethings will never be replaced. I am so glad that you and your family were all safe. I'm even happier that you are recovering from your stroke. I pray that your recovery may some day soon be 100%.

NorthwoodsMan's picture


It's a marathon darlin. Still here, and someday I'll be there knocking on your door to give ya hugs in person.

MeiLin's picture

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That is all. Smile

Amy's picture
okwari's picture

I'm happy you're home and getting around!

Raigne's picture


Nothing is better than being home. I am glad you are making progress.

Pikachu42's picture


I'm glad to hear you're at home! Nothing's better than home when it comes to healing.

erinnstreeter's picture


Keep up the good work. I'm rootin' fer ya!

Persephone's picture

I discovered and devoured Lovers and Beloveds on the Thursday just past. I was finished by Friday afternoon and went searching for more, found Son in Sorrow, just finished it now, two days later... And my goodness you have had quite a year haven't you!? I just wanted to say, I appreciate the way you write very much and though new, am already considering myself a fan. I send you wishes of peace and sustenance as you find your feet once more. Love & Laughter!

MeiLin's picture

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I happened to be on when you commented. Smile I have book 3 written/outlined; it should be out in about 18 months. Maybe longer. O.o Oh well! I'm here, at least, and initially I wasn't supposed to be. I wonder why I've been sent two major crises in one life. Probably no reason, just genetics. Smile Anyway, thank you.

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oh my goodness. i used to read your non fiction site all the time but it's been a while, well a few years since i last visited. Life has been no picnic in my corner of the universe but what a year you have had!!! Wishing you steady progress.

MeiLin's picture

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Thank you. I'm slowly improving--quickly, say the medicos, and the husband.

Michele's picture

I just finished Son of Sorrow and went in search of more. 18 months you say? I'll be waiting. This book hit home for me since, like Temmin, I'm struggling with trying not to love someone that I shouldn't. Reading about his feelings made me feel better about my own. So please, get well and healthy and whatever you need because I really want to know what happens. Love and peace to you.

MeiLin's picture

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I'm feeling more like writing every day. I had a very complicated dream last night in which I was talking with someone about when the next book was coming out, and 18 months sounded about right.

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