[QUOTE=wilkinak;5126932]Joyful, a couple suggestions of things I've looked into:
+ Call your local Council on Aging or Senior Center - they will probably have a list of services available. They are 'marketed' toward blue hairs b/c they are the ones who need them most, but most services are probably are availble to you as well.
+Check with Mercy and see what they can do. See if the F&A clinic can point you toward a social worker at the hospital.
+Peapod - Groceries delivered! I'd rather go the store myself, but if I can't then I can't. There are some small grocers in my area that have a courtesy van, but I don't know if my Spanish is good enough to talk to the drivers.
+ Public Transit - they are required to have to accomodations for handicapped riders. They may have door-to-door access. Where I'm at, I'd have to 'walk' up to the end of my street to pick up the bus which will get me quite a few places, including PT & a grocery store. There may be a form that the DR has to sign.
+ Check your with church, or if you don't have one, call a local one anyway. Helping the sick is sort of a primary mission.
I've got to check with mine to find out about Communion on Sunday since there is no way I am dealing with that parking lot mess. If they have anything else available, I'm using it.
+Stool for the kitchen. This is the one time I am thankful for my tiny galley kitchen. Last year, I used it quite a bit so I could cook. Some of the time I just put my knee on it. Helps if it's padded.
+Squeezy Ice packs - I have probably a half dozen freezer packs by now, but I plan on getting case of the squeezy ones and leaving them upstairs so I don't have to come down for them. Also if you put the freezer icepacks in a tube sock you've got a nice handle.
+Not sure where you work, but if you can, take a pillow in BEFORE you go on leave. I got some strange looks when I came in with it, but it was a lot easier to deal with before I was on crutches, and it was there when I went back to work. Take a couple ice packs & an ace bandage in too. (Yes, my office is the site infirmary)
I think I get the splint/soft cast for 2 weeks, then a boot, but 4-6 wks NWB. I'm not broken hearted over not getting a hard cast. I had one on my arm when I broke my fingers and it sucked. It really sucked when the corpsman on the ship I on was replaced it and used 2 rolls of casting to do so. It was so thick the saw wouldn't go all the way through it.[/QUOTE]
Hi there! Well, I will stay at my friend's house for at least a month, if not six weeks - which will help tremendously. I live so far in the sticks - we don't really have a bus service down my way. I looked into peapod a while ago - we don't have that service down where I live....yet. Mercy is at least two hours away from where I live. I am staying with some friends, Judy & RB - and they live about 30 minutes from Baltimore, they are closer to our church, etc, etc, etc.
Thankfully work will let me work at home for the whole 10 weeks that I will not be able to drive - so thankfully that is not an issue.
I've decided 10 weeks must be the WORST case scenario - so I am hoping/shooting to be driving by 5-6 weeks, etc.
Thanks for all the suggestions though! I am assuming after the splint that Dr. Jeng will either put me in a boot or cast - not sure which one. Guess I will find out
I just got really paranoid last night about all of it....reality seemed to hit me right between the eyes. I just went through all of this last February for the FIRST surgery - I had forgotten all the "little" details, etc, etc, etc. Need to run through the "list" for NWB at the top of the health forums, etc. Thankfully I do have some time to get my mind set "right" and to get ready for this surgery....