Lot's of interesting doings this past month. Three weeks ago I suggested to Bruce that he add a goal every week for 1/2 hour daily. I would not prompt or intercede. But the TV would be off. He agreed and chose reading. He was faithful to the deal the first week. Following Sunday, chose to add another 1/2 hour of reading and again held true to the deal.
Last Sunday, Mister says he is going to walk for his new goal. Well knock me down and when I picked myself up, agreed to help. It has been nine months People! Leo made me promise that after all this time I would be cautious when it came up. He never believed it wouldn't, Bless him. So off to the Kitchen, with the counters to balance. Some weightbearing exercises to get that right foot firmly planted and then off he goes. No AFO, just his Reeboks. I have placed Gait belts in every room, but I also know that after this amount of time, this is a long haul. He is basically starting from step one.
Actually the knee and thigh aren't too bad. However, it is very painful. We start again with a new Physiatrist next Wednesday. Bruce will switch to Medicare in September and Botox will again be paid for, so have him set up to get that going promptly-gotta luv a nurse-lol! Four days in and he is still sticking to it.
Now, his college roommate is due in this weekend for a visit. I know a lot of this is because of that. I am hoping it will continue after Steve leaves. But we all take what we get. Leo, Jen and Cathy all know all of this and are on-board.
But cognitively Bruce is different as well. Incontinence is at a minimum. No total bed changes for three weeks now-Thank God. Pays more attention. Added some more responsibilities here but he has added them: not only folding clothes, putting some away-again no prompt; putting his Estim stuff away and that is tough one-handed. Sent him to his Neuro appointment with Jen-so sense in me taking time from work; no changes, no questions. Jen stayed in the hallway, but listened. Said Bruce did fine and appointment was worthless, which I knew. But we need the Neuro on the team.
An old friend called this weekend. Bruce always sends birthday card and friend noticed the different hand-writing, so he called. Bruce says to him "you know I had a Stroke?" Now I had spoken to the friend earlier in the week and updated him (I had left a message two years ago, but friend says I left it on the wrong phone-lol), so I hear Bruce say "Yes, take my time, but John, if I do, we will be here all day!" Gotta luv him.
Please keep thoughts and prayers coming. Just want to report back good news in a week after our darling Steve is back home. Debbie