Remember back in April when I had a kidney transplant? Well, the kidney is doing great (thanks, Cathy, for taking such good care of it when you owned it). There was one little glitch, however. During surgery, the retractors they used caused some nerve damage in my right leg. When I woke up from surgery, I couldn’t move or feel my leg. The docs felt like the feeling would come back but the paralysis had them stumped.
A visit to a neurologist ruled out a stroke and a CT scan showed some fluid which was pressing on L4 and L5 (medical talk which means I couldn’t feel or move part of my leg). The prognosis is good and I’m recovering pretty quickly. In fact, I’ve left my cane behind and I’m walking freestyle without falling. My next goal is to be able to drive.
I’ve been itching to get back to exercising (physical therapy doesn’t count) because my medication causes me to gain weight and I need to burn some calories. Running? – nope. Walking? – can’t do it fast enough. Rebounder? – are you kidding? Swimming? – can’t drive to the YMCA. Biking? – Hmmm. . . my balance is off but I could ride an exercise bike. Seems like we’re fresh out of exercise bikes around here.
No problem. Hubs to the rescue:
He took my regular bike and made a stand for it to sit on. I can bike on the back porch!
The only thing he had to purchase was a set of pegs to put on the back axles. Then he placed the pegs into slots he drilled into the stand he made from scrap wood. He’s my hero!