Thanks for all your kind comments on yesterday's post. My network of blog friends means a lot to me. To answer a few of the questions raised, the heart surgery went wrong because they couldn't get the bleeding stopped and I ended up with a blood clot in the spinal cord. Eighteen hours of surgery altogether. I did later get a blood infection or sepsis after about two months in ICU. That's how I lost the tips of all my toes and four fingers.
I do a lot of upper body exercises and have built up significant strength in m,y arms and hands. It's the only way you can learn to lift yourself a bit or transfer. So far I can't manage to use a light manual wheelchair easily because I don't have the strength in my trunk muscles. A high level of injury at mid-chest makes it very difficult.