Wednesday, September 17, 2008

On to rehab tomorrow

If all goes as planned, tomorrow Chris will be transferred to the inpatient rehab at Providence. (off of 84, east Portland)  I asked Chris if he was excited and he said "Its not home."  Yep, definitely not home.  But we are both excited for him to work hard on his rehab so he can get home.   Plus, I don't think he should brave the lego death traps until he is a little bit lighter on the feet. 

The neurologist told us today that although Chris will regain use of his arm, he doesn't think it will ever be 100% again.  As discouraging as this was to hear, I think it was better to deal with than letting your imagination do the work.  He was able to work on his walking and moved up to cane.  (My dad is going to start carving a cane for him.  He asked Chris what animal he wanted on it.  Any guesses?  Yep.  A swoosh.  Is that an animal?)  He keeps reminding us that his walking is still his left leg working really hard, but he is getting his right leg to do some of the motion of walking.  As soon as that ankle starts working again, it will be like he was never down.  

Today we started working on decorations for Chris' new room.  We are making him some pillow cases (a sushi one and a dog one) and we are getting 12 x 18s of all of the girls making silly faces.  We figure those silly faces will help him not get too serious.  (Especially Hannah with her fingers up her nose....Yuck!)

Someone remarked at how "amazing" we are for handling this so well.  I feel like all of those prayers out there have really helped us in making this easier.  Yes, there are a lot of moments of frustration and tears.  If you would have asked me how I would have handled this two weeks ago, I don't know if I would have thought us up to the task.  We feel all of the support and love of those around us and can't do anything but go one and get things done.  Thank you for being such great friends and for helping us in so many ways.  You guys are awesome! 

1 comment:

Samurai Mom said...

We are all praying for you here, even Margaret. Let me know if I can do anything. You can drop the girls off for crafting or whatever. I can also run errands for you.
We love you guys.