I am the pushing prodding part of the relationship.. I don't know if the stroke eliminated the sense of urgency for continual work or if William just does not have the drive to keep working as hard as I want him to. I push and insist that he works at recovery. I am told by everybody that william would not be where he is today unless I had pushed him as hard as I have. I must say that William will work with me most times. Sometimes he gets cranky and I get angry. I talk to him and explain to him that this is necessary for his recovery. He will give in and work with me. I tell him that the water therapy is excellent therapy...it helps him to sleep and makes him feel good. I work him arm and legs and his endurance.
I have explained to him that he needs to be good and not cranky during our work outs. This makes our time in therapy very long and arduous. We have been doing this for along time and I do not see an end to it. I mean I hope that at some point in time...I will not have to help so much. I hope to have more free time.
Lucky for William I enjoy the pool and love to swim.
I wonder if the tables were turned and I had a stroke. Would i not be able to push myself? Who knows?
Since I am able to be the motivator...I will continue to do that ugly job. Unfortunately, William does not always appreciate my initiative. After i give him a tongue lashing about his bad behavior and lack of appreciation...he says that he is sorry and will try harder not to get so cranky. i really do understand...It would be horrible to have somebody prodding you into the pool at all hours of the day. 6AM???
I do hope that all stroke survivors get the attention and extra help that Gabby Giffords gets. I was told that the newspaper had an article stating that they hope to expand the care that Gabby got to other patients. I do hope so. but with all of the cost containment programs in place. i doubt it.