Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dominoes for Therapy

This was a pivotal day--Dad experienced a therapy session that pleased him to the point that he asked for more! He wants so very badly to return to his home and live independently and has worked hard to that end. But until now, his therapy has been extremely stressful, painful, frustrating, and exhaustive. When he experienced the episode of Angina last week, his doctor gave him permission to take charge of his therapy and set the limits that he could endure. He's tried for a week to do that. Finally, today Dad found therapy to be a pleasant experience. There's been a shift from strenuous endurance to practical application. He's able to now work on his balance, standing alone for longer periods of time (we're still talking only a minute or two), moving on his own from a sitting position on his bed, to standing with the aid of a walker, to sitting into a wheelchair. But that's tremendous progress from the last few weeks. On Monday he was so tired and weak and exhausted from the tedious activities he was instructed to perform with pegs, boards, balloons, etc that he pushed himself away from the table, said "I'm outta here" and rolled his wheelchair back to his room for a nap! Today he enjoyed the inflated ball throwing exchange so much that he asked for extended therapy before returning to his room. So out came the Dominoes and he enjoyed a game of dominoes! Yea, Ernie!

The wound vac was removed from his ankle this week. He's been attached to that for nearly 8 weeks. His ankle had become infected again so he's taking antibiotics and the wound appears to be healing better. An appointment to the orthopedic doctor in Pueblo April 20 will tell us how that's coming along.

I was hoping to bring Dad to my house for dinner with us on Easter Sunday, but he told me he just isn't strong enough for that yet. The process of eating a meal wears him out. He knows his limits. But the limits are expanding bit by bit. Today was a better day!

Becky Jamison


Thomas MacEntee said...

I am so glad you are progressing - but also realizing your limits right now. It is tempting to try to do too much, isn't it!

GrannyPam said...

Please tell Ernie I am continuing to pray for him. I am also grateful for your post, Becky. It is wonderful to know that progress is being made.

This is quite a journey for Ernie, and for your entire family.

God Bless. Happy Easter!

Greta Koehl said...

Thank you for keeping us up on what is happening with Ernie. Tell him we're thinking about him and praying for him!

Harriet said...

Thanks for the update. Good to hear that Ernie is able to set the limits. I'll remember you all in my prayers. Happy Easter!


Happy Easter Greetings Ernie! I'm so glad to hear of your progress. Thanks Becky for keeping us readers up to date.