Wednesday, November 15, 2006

On My Own

Dick was at training again today. He said it was very interesting to learn some new things pertaining to Native Americans- there were 8 or 9 of them in attendance from 3 different counties. They have to deal with Elders who receive payments from some treaty settlement which are not regarded as income. The payments have an impact upon their applications for Medicaid.

Meanwhile, I began the day by going to have my teeth cleaned. This was another appointment that we had to cancel in September - that's why so many appointments have piled up in November. Dr. Kevin is from the U of M, so we talked about the upcoming game. He's worried. (Imagine that.) Then I found out that one of his patients showed up this week in an OSU sweatshirt. I said - Do you accept that kind of patient? He said - Yes, but I charge them double.

The next event was more pool therapy - it was pretty much a repetition of the first session. Today I found out that my therapist is allergic to the bromine in the water. She has hyper-sensitive skin, and being in the pool makes her itchy. She said she showers and scrubs for 15 minutes after her 3 hours in the pool. Such irony - to be allergic to your work environment. The pool was less crowded today. When I watch the other patients, I feel very lucky because I have no pain. It was obvious that some of the others are really suffering. My therapy is for weakness only. After the pool I went to the grocery store.

So today I feel like an effective, independent adult woman - I was out and about on my own from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another first on the road to recovery.