Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Day 2 of the road back

From Michelle:

Ted was in good spirits when we spoke last night. Though everyone has told me how tired he will be he seems to be holding up well so far.

Yesterday he did a morning and afternoon session of Occupational Therapy concentrating on daily living tasks in the morning – get dressed, shave, brush teeth. In the afternoon he worked with a “skateboard” (he said it’s not the kind you normally think of – thank goodness!) that is a device that goes under his left arm. Though he cannot move the arm without assistance he was able to move it while on the “skateboard” – which sounds like the upper arm strength and control must be returning.

Physical therapy is moving along – in addition to the walking practice he has added learning how to navigate stairs. (They have a 3 step practice unit in the therapy gym – quite nice!) Speech therapy continues to work on exercises with the lips and tongue. He said his pucker still works!

Today we hear from his case worker regarding the assessment by the total therapy team and the doctor to determine an estimated discharge date.

Thanks for all the cards and phone calls. He loves to hear from people and will call you back when he is “on break” from his therapy sessions and at the end of the day.

1 comment:

  1. The skateboard allows work on the elbow by eliminating friction of trying to slide the arm on a table. Ted will work on extending the arm as well as pulling it back in.

    For me progress in the arm (shoulder, elbow, wrist) was much slower than my leg. I had begin to wonder if it would work again -- I had been in therapy for over a month. When the arm finally kicked in I was so happy!