Monday, September 1, 2014

It seem every day brings a blessing or two.  Yesterday Tamara came by to stay with Bob while I went to the airport to pick up Bob's brother Ronnie. Thank you Tamara. Ronnie lives in Seattle.  What a pleasure to have him here this week.

Bob's weekend therapist Rudy was successful getting some commanded movement in both Bob's feet, leg, and arm.  One of the things he did was to tape Bob's hand to a golf club and told Bob to move it to the left.  He encouraged the move by shouting and hitting the spot he wanted Bob to move his arm to repeatedly. I think this was to get Bob's total focus and encouraged it by shouting and hitting the aimed spot he should go to finally got him to move.  Fascinating!  He also started rubbing and stretching his feet and was able to get Bob to do some command foot, toe and leg movement.

So anyway, the doctor said we could take Bob for a walk in his chair.  That was the first time he was out of his hospital room since the stroke.  We walked around the hospital then went on the patio outside.  I was trying to get Bob to move his foot using Rudy's methods by shouting and pounding on the area I want him to move it to but he didn't respond.  He looked at me, smiled and said "I can not take you seriously."

Angie and Brent stopped by for a little while on their way to dinner.  Ronnie and I ended the day with a late dinner at Johnny Carino's. Yum!



Bob with his Physical Therapist Rudy

Bob with his Brother Ronnie

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Get Well Card from Jane to Bob - Bob and Jane have a Snoopy thing go'in on.

Get Well Card from Jake for Grand-pa

Today was good.  It is so nice to see Bob feeling better.  It seems to make all of those things he has to do for rehab a little easier.  He has made so much improvement. I know he has a ways to go but I am encouraged by his will power.

I had to stay home this morning to wait for AT&T to fix our internet connection. Angie and Brent covered for me here at the hospital with Bob.  I am grateful and I know Bob liked it.  While they were here two friends from where he used to work came to visit. (John M. and John C.)  Bob just loves it when his friends come to visit.  Once Bob is well and at home we are going to have to set up visiting hours. He is going to go through withdrawal not seeing these people. I think that is one thing that has kept him going.

While waiting I thought I would take advantage and clean a little to get ready for Bob's brother who is arriving tomorrow from Seattle.  Joy stopped in and helped me.  She brought some sausage gravy and biscuits that Rob made at home this morning.  What a treatI Thank you Joy.  

I think PT tired Bob out tonight.  He is quiet and said he has a headache.  I guess it's common but I still hate seeing him in the slightest pain.

Today I opened an envelope for Bob from Jane, Ben and Jake.  They want to be here so bad but the distance from Chicago to Dallas/Ft.Worth and their schedules with school and work makes it too difficult.
We know their hearts are with us.  The pictures above are cards made by Jane (our daughter) and Jake (our grand-son).  


Bob Shaving After his Stroke

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fruit Bouquet!

                  Thank you, Athar, Bryan, Jeff and Kevin

Up-date on Bob - He had a scan today and they found the clot in his leg is resolving itself. Great news! He is going in the right direction for good health and recovery.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today is good so far. Bob did well with his PT. When you look back on the past two weeks it is amazing to see the difference.  He is supposed to have a scan today to check on the clot in his leg.

Bob's doctors and Physical Therapy group met today to estimate a dismissal date from the hospital. They said Sept.16th is the projected date.  After that he will go to an in-patient facility.  There are a couple he qualifies for and are recommended to chose from.  I will update that info as we decide.  Those facilities are designed to rehabilitate in intense detail. They rehab for 6 hours a day and live in a place similar to an apartment where they learn to do everything for themselves with a health care person.  The bus picks them up to go to rehab.  They can have visitors in the evening.    

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today was very good.  Bob did well in therapy.  If he is lying flat on the bed and someone pulls his left knee up high enough and he puts his left knee at that same height and when he lifts his hips he can either scoot from side to side or push himself upward in the directions of his head. I was impressed with that. He also practiced on his reach and posture.

Joy covered for me while I went to the cardiologist today.  He gave me a clean bill of health. My blood pressure was good.  (surprising after all that has been going on) my EKG was good and my heart checked out good.  I will say I have put that bovine aortic valve replacement to the test in the past couple of weeks. All I have to say to that is "Mooooo"

Ellen and Evelyn who work with Bob dropped in again today.  Bob was sleeping a lot while they were here but I enjoyed talking with them. They said the next time they come they are going to bring some cards to pass the time with Bob.  This has been encouraged by his therapists.

Robert came by tonight for a while.  Bob and Robert talked for quite a while.  It was good and also good to see Bob is more aggressive in his conservations with people. Robert thanks for the new mouse.

After I had my doctor's appointment I met my friend Helen and her daughter Christy. We had lunch at Anamia's in Southlake.  It was so great to sit at a table with friends, while being waited on and having a nice conversation.  We call it a Salsa Therapy.

Joy who was covering for me was caught in traffic this morning and called the hospital to tell them she would be late.  Bob has to be watched while eating his meals especially since he graduated to the mechanical diet last night.  Tonight I want to thank Claudia (the tech) for being with Bob and assisting him with breakfast. Also thanks to Joy for being here up to and past lunch.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To God be the Glory

Today was an awesome day.  When Bob's Physical Therapist came in this morning to get him she was checking his legs.  Bob asked " would you like to see me move my knee and leg?"  She said "can you do that Bob?"  Bob raised his knee taking his leg with it about 6 or 7 inches from the bed.  She asked him to repeat it and he did.  This was done on command and this is the beginning of the end for rehab.

Bob also graduated from a Pureed Diet to a Mechanical Diet. They did a swallow x-ray on him and his speech therapist said he did better than she thought he would do.  I ordered some spaghetti for dinner and for dessert he gets ice cream and lemon cake.  They also eliminated thickeners from his liquids. I ordered him a coke. I thought these things would be a treat for him. I feel sorry for the poor lady taking my orders for Bob every day because I am learning and have so many questions regarding these diets.

Today I am thanking Steve Miller.  Steve is Bob's boss here at the hospital where he is contract/consulting.  I think he may have played a role in Bob being alive today.  He took Bob to the emergency room when Bob told him he thought he was having a stroke.  Steve has often been checking in on Bob bringing co-workers with him to visit. Bob lights up when these friends and co-workers come for visits.  Yesterday they came bearing gifts and a card with loving signatures and messages.

Tonight I am going home to sleep because I have to see my Cardiologist in the morning. I am glad  it is my annual exam because I am wondering how I am doing.