Before I update you, I just want to tell you how very much I appreciate your comments, encouragement, e-mails, good wishes, thoughts and prayers. Yes, YOU! My wonderful friends from all the different stages and aspects of my life, and I’m constantly amazed at those of you who choose to follow along with me on this adventure and care enough about me to post, e-mail, and otherwise lend your encouragement. I’m one of the few volunteers who doesn’t have any other PVCs even remotely nearby, so when you post your comments, or otherwise let me know you’re out there, it’s like getting a hug from home. Thank you and keep ’em coming! and on to the journey…..
After my ‘cheering up’ evening last week I was told to report to Skopje on Monday for evaluation. So off I went (but this time I stuck a toothbrush in my purse, just in case). The wonderful Dr. Darko picked me up at the bus station and the driver took us to the physical therapy office. Dr. Stanizka determined that I needed 4 weeks of intensive therapy at which point I near about died……..Dr. Darko told me to calm down, commit to 2 weeks, and we’d take it from there. After a quick trip to the PC office, some paperwork, and picking up a new novel, it was back to Kriva Palanka–for one day. Wednesday it was back to Skopje, this time with my large backpack equipped for a 3 day stay.
Now I was really curious WHY I can’t do physical therapy in my home town of Kriva Palanka. Dr. Darko explained that Dr. Stanizka has a proven track record of very good results, my knee will be re-evaluated in 3 months, and if I want the best opportunity to avoid surgery and STAY in Macedonia, …..well, he was VERY tactful and nice about it, but the bottom line is that I should shut up and do what they tell me. And so I did, and I am, and I will.
Physical therapy consists of laser treatment, electro-stimulation, and magnetic pulse treatment followed by quadriceps exercises of various types and intensity. They basically work me until my leg starts to shake and then a little more. But I’ve got to say that after 3 days I have more range of motion and am able to walk a little better. It’s more sore–but I think it’s supposed to be as part of the exercises and healing process.
The best thing about my stay in Skopje is that the first night I stayed with a wonderful lady named Lillian. She’s a MAK 14 PCV (been here a year already) from Los Angeles, about my age, and just what I needed to get a different perspective and feel a little more ‘connected’. She did a little orientation of Skopje for me, we ate dinner in a Mexican restaurant, watched a movie back at her place, and ate a Mediterranean breakfast. I blew my budget for the month–but I’d only eaten in a restaurant 1 time in the past 2 months, so it was worth it.
I’m home in my humble little apartment for the weekend and will be headed back to Skopje Monday morning for a committed week of physical therapy. All of the MAK 14s will be in town for their mid-service training, but for some reason I’m not allowed to stay at the same hotel where they will be……sigh. Instead I’m way across town at a hotel that has no restaurant service (except for continental breakfast) and nothing nearby. Ahhhh, Peace Corps….there must be a reason.