Jan 06, 2012 - 4:43 am
David had his first outpatient physical and occupational therapy appointments today. Both therapists said that they do not see any reason for David to see any therapists. He's really made an amazing recovery. When we came home from the hospital on 12/21, David was having a lot of trouble walking, talking, feeding himself. I couldn't bear to write this before....he had to wear diapers. Such a horrible, hard thing for a 28 year old man to deal with. He required someone with him 24/7. He was really in a lot of trouble. I am so glad to be able to say that his major problems (he still has a few minor issues) are all resolved and he's recovered enough that the therapists said he could return to his apartment and resume independent living.
When we were in the hospital and David was recovering from the BBBD and the brain swelling, I was so appalled at his condition and I did not believe that he was going to recover. If he did recover, I thought it would take months, maybe even a year. It's been 3 weeks. I am so grateful to God for David's improvement. It reminds me of something one of the physical therapists told me....recovery is like the weather. You will have sunny days when everything goes great and everything looks so clear and bright, and then you will have dark dreary days, filled with clouds and rain. But just because you have some rainy days, it doesn't mean that the next day might not be sunny again. A pretty good analogy of our life right now.
David and I talked and we decided that he will live with me and my husband (his dad) until his next treatment cycle on 1/23. After he finishes that treatment cycle, I will stay with him in his apartment for a few days to make sure he is okay and he can handle things. In the meantime, he is choosing to stay here with me in Salem and go to physical therapy for pain management. His joints hurt and he has headaches from tense muscles in his back. He'll go to physical therapy 2x a week for the next two weeks. If the exercises and treatments help with his pain, he will continue to see a physical therapist in Portland. Their goal is to help alleviate some of the pain that David is experiencing.But as far as needing physical therapy for any behaviors or problems, he doesn't need to.
Thank you to all of you who have kept up with my barrage of posts and have continued to faithfully comment on them and have encouraged me and have understood how I have been feeling. I really appreciate you guys!
Love and blessings,