Never has the saying, “no pain, no gain,” been more appropriate than today. Katy’s OT went well, but her PT was hell today. Though the experience was very painful for her, she did make good progress. She was able to rest on her sides for several minutes, her hips were flexed the most they have been since she has been in the hospital, and she sat up at a higher angle than she has in the past. Katy was given a “reducer” for her left arm. The reducer is similar to an ACE arm sleeve, and helps to prep her arm for prosthesis. She was also wearing a back stabilizer, similar to a corset, to help activate her stabilizing muscles in her back. Her very low back hurts when she sits up or is flexed, and we are going to work on strengthening those muscles. I am so proud of her progress today!
In between the OT, PT, Speech, Respiratory (3 times), wound care, VAC change, and X-rays, we had a meeting with all of the staff directly caring for Katy on the 8th floor. They told me what they had planned, and I got to ask a lot of questions regarding the details of her recovery, trip home, and needs once she is home. I also got to discuss the level of communication that is required. There is always a little informational lag when we change rooms or floors, but I think we addressed those today.
Once again, I am SOOOO excited to see the kids this weekend. Every time Katy talks about seeing them, her face lights up! I know that their visit will be healing for her, and me…I miss them very much. In between all of Katy’s therapies, I will be handling more administrative duties before the weekend. Thankfully, the staff on this floor, and the case manager from the 6th, are doing a lot to help me through the process.
In the event that I don’t blog this weekend, I hope you all have a GREAT weekend!
Love to all,