Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Checking Into Rehab

Oh dear, that title sounds like I'm talking about Mel Gibson or Robert Downey Jr....

"Checking into the Physical Rehabilitation Unit." How's that?

Alex is moved into room 245 at the hospital and he is DEFINITELY READY FOR VISITORS. He has worn me out today; he's apprehensive and he didn't want me to leave. I came home to take care of my sick kitty and sleep in my own bed though. Yes, I feel guilty.

But this is where you all come in: PLEASE feel free to visit him between the hours of 4pm and 8:30pm on weekdays, and 11am to 8:30pm on weekends. (There's a midday block of visiting hours on weekdays, but I can't remember what it is at the moment. Will post it tomorrow.) The rest of his time will be taken up with sleeping, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. If you call his cell phone outside of visiting hours, he's not likely to answer it, but you can leave a message and he can call you back when he has free time. He has figured out how to use his phone!

Alex is also working on feeding himself, but hasn't really been to interested in real food today, even though he can eat whatever he wants. (Jeff and Judy, he's ready to take you up on your offer of ice cream!!!) Until he can get his required daily caloric intake with real food, he'll have that annoying feeding tube up his nose. Ugh!

Alex literally is getting better by the hour. Almost every hour he manages to do something he couldn't do before. Just imagine what some focused OT and PT will do for him! Tomorrow morning he and the OT will work on getting him his first shower since September 8. Boy, is THAT going to feel good!

The rehab unit is an amazing place. Nowhere else in the hospital do you hear people LAUGHING. Today during "group therapy," patients were playing UNO to work on their fine motor skills. We could hear them from Alex's room, and for once we were hearing a noise that wasn't annoying! I saw a board listing daily activities such as pet therapy...need to look into that for sure! Everyone we talked to today was thorough, efficient, professional, and caring.

This is definitely a unit where healing takes place.


  1. All good news, other than the part about you feeling guilty for going home. Come now! You have been doing above and beyond the call of duty. Now it seems it's time for Alex to be weened a bit.

    Yes, it's a form of Tough Love. But a necessary part of his healing.

    Anyway, if you don't get some 'off time' and good sleep, how will you keep being there for him? LIke if you GET SICK?

    Please, no more feeling guilty. Guilt may nag at you, but you be the strong one and give guilt the boot.

    Aunt Amelia

  2. LOL I have to always explain when I say my husband works in rehab. He so enjoys it and like I mentioned yesterday patients like your husband are what they love to work with. Knowing they are going to send someone back to the real world makes it all worthwhile.

  3. It is wonderful to hear that Alex is doing better each moment that passes. I would visit if I could, but sadly I am in Ireland. My best wishes to both of you!

  4. Thank you everyone! And you're right, Aunt Amelia, of course. I'm very run down and it's time to let everyone else have time with I can sleep and start to do battle with the insurance company, which seems to have refused to pay for his anesthesia.


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