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!
Happy 90th Birthday, Uncle Alfred (1923-1933)
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