Though all of our days have seemed to blend together for the last 11 1/2 weeks, today actually felt like a Friday. Probably because we know thekids are coming up, but today was filled with all the usual excitement that accompanies the day before the weekend.
Katy started her day with a trip to the OT Gym. The OT Gym is an office, located next door to Katy’s room, with all of the implements needed by the therapists to perform the various exercises. Katy not only did her usual routine, but a slight amount of resistance was added by using very low resistance bands. Her left arm is progressing very well, but her right is still having a little trouble. We found out from a doctor that the x-ray revealed a series of calcifications in her left shoulder. They will give her some medicine for this, but (I know Katy)I’m sure that she will incorporate a more natural approach upon leaving the hospital. Though it is weaker than the left, her right arm did improve by 10-15 degrees in lateral motion. They transported Katy using what is called a cardio chair. In between therapies, Katy was left in the chair to sit up for a while.
Our next excursion from the room was to the PT Gym (across the hall from the OT Gym). Today, Katy was able to balance herself in the seated position for 30 seconds (first try), and then 2 minutes (second try)! She was stretched and pulled all kinds of ways, very painful ways, but kept pushing through her therapies. We returned to the room for a breathing treatment, and then Katy was off to the hydro tank for wound care and a bath.
While she was down stairs, I went to go get my new phone fixed. Apparently, there is a huge software malfunction, and I had to spend an hour and a half waiting for it to be reloaded. I left the store to go to the hospital, and found out that my phone still is having the same issues. As a result, I have lost all of my contacts. PLEASE SEND ME YOUR INFO to my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!
After I returned, I was instructed on how to use a hoyer lift. The hoyer lift is a crane that is used to, very easily, lift Katy to and from her bed and wheel chair. After that, Katy and I had a date in the park OUTSIDE OF THE HOSPITAL! We sat in the park and watched the birds. She said it felt GREAT to have the sun and breeze on her skin. We got to roll around the hopital for an hour, and we even got to visit some of the staff on the 6th floor. The hoyer lift was so easy to use, I was able to transfer her back to bed all by myself.
Please say a prayer for one of the mom’s from the Dallas mom’s group. I found out today that one of the ladies who had brought me dinner is now in Parkland on the 6th floor. She got burned recently, and is in 6 East, where Katy was recently. I hope to get a chance to meet her husband while we are still here. Anyway, please say a prayer for her.
Only 13 1/2 more hours until the family is here! Have a great weekend!
Love to all,