Day 33: Giving Thanks!

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December 2nd 2013
Published: December 3rd 2013
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Starting week #5, we continue to give thanks! Chuck's stitches are gone! The knee-high compression socks are tossed, and today is the first day he's fully off prescription pain medication. With just 3 daily servings of Advil, his pain level is down to a 3 or 4 out of a high of 10.

Physical therapy session #9 this afternoon went very well. Flexion ranges fluctuate but still remain remarkable: Left knee, 3-129; right knee, 4-132! Ultimate goal is 0-135 degrees on each knee.

The photos give you an idea of how Chuck is rehabbing for his new dance moves and scaffolding-climbing adventure next summer in Hungary on our Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip. His P.T. Mark doesn't slack off in the torture chamber, and Chuck continues to grit his teeth, fight back the tears and say, "More, more, more!" His determination is astounding!

And the really cool part? You can "play drums" on his knee caps, and they make different sounds. Who knew he'd get a set of bongo drums for a special Thanksgiving gift?! 😱

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4th December 2013

You Rock!!!
Wow, you are really doing an excellent job, Chuck. Keep up the astounding great work!!!

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