Jan 21 2013
After some delays, Kathy was finally moved last Friday night from the rehabilitation hospital in Washington D.C. to a rehabilitation facility in Rockville, Maryland. Of course Murphy’s Law was in full force, and they didn’t pick her up until rush hour, and then they encountered two accidents on the way to the new facility. So after a very uncomfortable two-hour ride, she was at her new home (and hopefully her last stop before really coming home).
The first two days at the new place were kind of tough, because she was adjusting to new surroundings, and they really jumped right into therapy for her. On her first full day she had three therapy sessions (occupational, physical, and speech), was placed in a wheelchair four times, and had a minor meltdown towards the end of the day (“I know they want to get me strong again, but does it have to be on my first day?”) But now she has settled in, and really likes the staff, her surroundings, and the therapy sessions. She is really anxious to get home and is working to make that happen. When the staff is not working with her, she is doing exercises on her own. One day she did 600 repetitions of five different exercises, or 3000 reps in total!
She is eating much better (taste buds are still recovering), and her arm and body movements are almost back to normal. Walking is still a challenge, because her hospital stay caused some neuropathy in her feet and legs. That causes extreme pain and numbness in her lower legs and feet, and the doctors are trying to come up with the right balance of painkillers to remove the pain while not increasing the numbness. But even with the leg pain she is able to stand by herself and stay standing for a few seconds if she has something to grab onto. This new facility has all kinds of rehabilitation machines, and they are really using them to her full advantage.
Many friends have sent cards or emails, or have visited her in person. That is much appreciated by both of us, and we also appreciate the continued prayers and expressions of concern.