Sunday, March 1, 2015

Our weather has been very mild this winter until about a week and a half ago.  We have had snow and sleet and cold temperatures.  This is nothing compared to the North or East Coast but for us it is a problem because we do not have enough equipment to handle the snow and sleet.  Many people stay home from school and work when this happens.  I have enjoyed the down time a little.  Bob had to cancel and reschedule therapy appointments but we were happy he was able to make it to his MRI testing at UT.  We are very anxious to see where he stands with the healing of his brain.  At Christmas there was some new blood surrounding the area of the original stroke.  We are hoping that has gone away and they will find no more blood.  Bob continues to rehabilitate himself. He is so determined.  He is always working on something at home that will help either his walk or the use of his arm and hand.  Tuesday he is supposed to get some botox shots in his muscles.  I really hope the insurance company will get it all together and approved by then.  The nurse at the doctor's office said they keep requesting different forms to be filled out.  If they only knew what pain and tightness he has in him muscles.  He is really suffering which is also leading to very little sleep.  

Bob had a shirt made to wear when he enters a medical facility.  They always ask if he has been to Africa within the last 21 days even though they may have seen him the day before.  He has recieved a lot of laughs and some have taken pictures.


Bob at UT Southwest University Medical Center for MRI testing.


Bob's New Shirt



Snow Man at Kona Grill


Saturday, February 21, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be-QcLQyKPQ&feature=em-upload_owner

For some reason my video of Bob walking after six months from his stroke worked on my computer but didn't show up on my phone or I-Pad.  So I pushed it to you-tube and and tried again.  This time it is showing up on all devises.  So, if you were not able to view it you might be able to now.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February Birthdays in our Family

Happy Birthday Peyton today!

Happy Birthday Angie last week!

Way To Go Bob!

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Bob is much faster, much smoother, and more sure on his feet.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Guess what is new from last week!  Bob can pick up his i-phone and hold it, then let it loose.  He attributes that to using the Saebo.  It sounds like a small thing but it is all the small things that are bringing him back to normal.  His walking is getting faster (still slow) and his walk is a little smoother and I think he is feeling more secure with each step.  We are both grateful for all of the little improvements.

Remember I talked about getting some braces for myself from the UT Study Professor?  I have been wearing them for a while now and they are really helping.  They asked me to be a part of a class lab where I would go and walk for the students and answer some of their questions to allow them to analyze my brace needs and make a prescription.  I did that today.  It is kind of embarrassing to be watched by several students and etc. but I was very happy to do it.  No one else has ever been able to prescribe the right brace for me in my entire life.  I am so grateful and if my appearance today will help one person it will be worth it.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When my niece Lisa sent me these photos I just had to post and share.  Below is Draven our grand-nephew.  He is nine months old.  Draven is such a happy boy full of smiles.  He might be one of the youngest artists I know.  He lives in the Chicago area so I don't get to see him often.  How wonderful it is to be a part of modern technology and social media where you can watch the little ones grow up in your family and extended family.

This past week it seems as though a light was turned on with Bob.  His endurance has increased almost double to what it has been.  He is doing his daily exercises seemingly with more ease.  We did more on the weekend than we have since he has been home from the hospital.  We went to Kona Grill, to Jack's basketball game, drove out to the lake and visited Joy and Rob's family, visited John for a while and Bob didn't seem to get as tired as he has been getting.  He also blew some of the leaves in the front yard while riding on his chair.  All and all his days have been busy doing the things he is able to do.  I couldn't be happier with this progress.


There Is A New Artist In the Family! Meet Draven.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

This past week brought many trips to therapists and doctor appointments.  Bob's doctor appointment on Monday led to an appointment scheduled on March 3rd to get botox injections in some of his muscles. We both have high hopes that this will alleviate pain and tightness in some of his muscles. The pain and tightness has been causing sleepless nights and has limited him in movement especially in his arm and hand.

Bob also had an interview with a UT person looking to do a study using an implanted stimulater to the vegus nerve. He was hoping this would aid in the progress of using his arm and hand.  Bob does not qualify for that because he had a hemorrhagic brain bleed.  They are supposed to call him back once they speak with his neurologist. The question is why is it he does not qualify because he had a brain bleed?  Just curious!

All of the Texas kids and some of the grand-children came over last Saturday for dinner.  That was nice.  We were missing Peyton because she was at school at UT Austin.  Peyton is too far to come home every weekend but Brooke is so close she comes home most weekends.  So, it seems like she really isn't away to the ones who don't live with her. Austin also had to be somewhere else.  We missed him but he is here most every time. Even Robert (young Bob) was here.  He usually has to work.  We always enjoy everyone's visit and it can never be too often.

Yesterday afternoon Bob and I went to see "Unbroken."  It is the first time we have gone anywhere with the exception of going to a restaurant, doctor appointments, therapy or to someone's house for a while.  I don't think I will attend that particular theater for a while because it was not handicap friendly.  Bob had to walk a long way but he still did well but it took him a long time and he was exhausted afterward.  I really liked "Unbroken."  I read the book and didn't think anyone could possibly bring out the soul of that story in a movie.  Even though there was a lot to be condensed I think Angelina did well in presenting the spirit of the story.  I think she should get more credit for that movie than she has gotten.  

The video below updates the progress in Bob's walk.  He is doing very well.

  

Faster, Bob Faster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8-B0J9hOE8