I had a feeling I didn’t make myself clear this morning, but I only had one cup of coffee when I wrote it! Jim will return to Strong as soon as he’s able. And he won’t be released from there for a little while yet. I was just trying to get a head start on finding a good place. And as I said, they have to be able to handle his type of wounds–meaning two open wound vacs (pumps that are placed in the wound to aid healing. (For those of you going ???)
We’ve pretty much decided we won’t leave here until he’s well. Of course, that could change–but certainly won’t until he’s walking.
He’s making progress, as I said. He’s getting more independent by the day, and making strides in rehab. Things we take for granted, like putting your foot on the floor. He’s up to 90 degrees in only three days of rehab and two days of me (and a couple of friends) doing exercises. He’s got enough flexibility to lift himself, shift his weight and generally help. When you consider that a week ago he couldn’t do any of that, you start to get the drift.
My new mantra? Baby steps. Baby steps. Baby steps.
Thank you all for your good suggestions, good wishes and good prayers. I don’t like to think what we’d do without you.
August 11, 2010
Good morning Troops,
Well, the good–I have news. The bad–I’m not sure what it is! Once they all got together at the hospital they’ve determined they can’t help Jim–yet. Not until he can put weight on at least one leg and that won’t be for another four to six weeks. He won’t be able to put weight on his left for another eight weeks. (I think it’s eight. But then again, I’m doing it from memory. I could be a week off either way.) And he can’t put weight on his right arm for another two weeks. The long and short of it is he can’t do the work. He’s certainly willing–but they won’t let him. So, today I start looking for rehab facilities that can handle his type of injuries. I will get help from the hospital, certainly, but I want to check them out to find a “fit” for Jim. Also, to see if there is a good place for him closer to home.
He did great in rehab Monday and Tuesday. He’s doing all kinds of stuff that he didn’t do before this–like getting dressed! Yep, he can pretty much do that. Takes a while, but still. . .
Anyway, we’ll write when we get an address.