Before we left, our contractor started work on remodeling our main floor bathroom. It was a small guest bathroom with a sink and toilet - no shower. We have two full bathrooms up stairs, but we are trying to anticipate a time when I won't be able to climb the stairs. To make use of the available space, we decided on a wet room, sometimes called a European style bathroom. Several years ago, while on my way to Moscow, I spent a night in Copenhagen. The room was small, but comfortable and clean. The bathroom was a new experience. It was small and all four walls were tiled to the ceiling. Everything you need is in there. In that small space you could sit on the toilet, brush your teeth in the sink and take a shower all at the same time - a very efficient use of the space. So our new bathroom is patterned after that experience with the exception that we need enough room for a motorized wheel chair (which I will supposedly need at some point.)
We've had men here doing, demolition, framing, electrical, plumbing, dry wall, tile, etc. While we were away, they got a lot of the heavy duty stuff done. Next, we need to install the plumbing fixtures. All of that stuff has been selected and should be installed within the next couple of weeks. We have been dealing with lots of dust coating everything (cough, hack). But we have a very good contractor - if you need one, give me a call.
Meanwhile, on the medical end of things, Dr. Bromberg had prescribed orthotics to help compensate for the weakness in my lower legs. That weakness causes something called "foot drop." My toes hit the floor as soon as I put my heel down. I cannot stand on my toes (my ballet career is over), and I am at risk of tripping on my own foot. With a normal walking gait, you roll from your heel to the front of your foot with each step. With foot drop, you tend to walk slowly, flat footed, with your upper body hunched over your center of gravity. Walking in this way takes a lot of energy so I haven't taken any walks around the block - until now!
Wednesday, February 6th I was scheduled at University Hospital to place a PEG tube into my tummy. I have continued to lose weight. Three months after my first clinic visit, I lost around 8 pounds. Three months after my second visit I lost another 8 pounds.