Monday, September 29, 2014

Today Bob rode a stationary bike for 15 minutes.  Bob walked for 10 minutes on the treadmill but focused mostly on quality.
Greg and Gilbert stopped by and our dear friend Walt stopped by this evening.

Bob's son Robert had surgery today on his knee. It went well and he is doing good.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

We spent the past few days visiting with Bob's sister Angela and her husband Doug.  I took them to the airport to catch a plane home to North Dakota.  We loved having them here.  Thanks Angela and Doug for your support and help especially in getting the measurements in our house to prepare for Bob's home coming.  We miss you already.

Bob is continuing to walk on the treadmill working on his form.  He is also working with his arm and hand for strength and movement.

Bob, Angela and Doug

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bob Walking On Treadmill After Stroke

Zale-Lipshy was able to extend Bob's stay until October 7th at which time if he is ready he will go home. Bob will be doing a study for UT Southwest in physical therapy.  This will be a wonderful solution to some of his therapy needs and he will be helping others at the same time.

Bob's sister Angela and her husband Doug are visiting for a few days from North Dakota. It is great having them here.  Yesterday evening we all attended a support meeting at the hospital for stroke patients and their families.  It was really interesting.

Bob has been walking on the treadmill and working with his arm and hand.  He practiced getting in and out of the car yesterday. He has made unbelievable progress and is very determined.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bob and His Sister Mary Ann

Card From Lee and Maria

Yesterday Bob did about 9 minutes on the tread mill with the harness.  The harness has been set to take 100 pounds from the walk and yesterday they set it to 70 pounds to the walk.

Robert came by for a while and Tamera later.  It had been about a week since Tamara had been in and she was amazed at Bob's progress.  She said she was going to call her Mom to tell her how well he is doing. (one of our best friends living in Australia) Also, Steve and Terrie from work also dropped by.

Today Bob did about 12 minutes on the treadmill.  Bob's speech therapist gave him a cognition test. He tested normal.

At noon today Bob wheeled himself to the elevator.
A nurse yelled and ran over there to asked where he was going.  Bob said "I'm going to the eight floor to lunch bunch."  He told them he was not an inmate here he is a patient.  Even though Bob is seeming more and more back to normal he is still wearing yellow sox and the staff here take that seriously.  I laughed when he told me about it. I can just visualize it.

After I wrote this Bob told me he had permission from his tech to go alone and she was following with his food tray once it arrived.  It is wonderful to see Bob go from not moving to being so independent.

Joy called and said they were coming for a visit tonight.  Tomorrow Bob's sister Angela and her husband Doug will be flying in for a few days. We are looking forward to seeing them.  Also, tomorrow Bob asked me to come in a little early so PT can help him practice getting in and out the car. This is all so exciting!

Thanks to everyone who stops by.  Bob just loves it.  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Today Bob took some steps with the assistance of his therapist Caroline.  What a thrill this was for me to watch.  Bob had been holding his leg and knee up from a sitting position for three minutes at a time in his room to prepare for walking.  He has taken steps before but this is the first time I saw it.  I am hoping to get a video of him walking on a tread mill with a harness soon.

This evening I drove to Texas Road House and bought a Filet Mignon dinner for both of us to go.  We had dinner in his room.  It was nice.

Thanks John, Casey and Jack for coming today.

When I left Bob last night at the hospital he was sitting in his wheel chair in front of his bedside table.  On the table was his open laptop, his I-Pad and his phone and was conducting business and play.  He looked like his back to normal self.  Earlier in the day he called and changed his insurance to Blue Cross of Texas.  His communication in that matter was perfectly understandable to the agent and the transaction was made with ease.  This will be in place once the other policy has been dropped.  What a wonder privilege we have now with the right to get insurance after pre-existing conditions.

Bob has been working a lot with his arm in PT and also extends this exercise when back in his room.  It is paying off.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My friend Helen and I visited a couple of skilled care homes yesterday and we both breathed a sigh of relief once we visited Life Care in Haltom.  It was the best of what I had to chose from. They really need to re-do their Website.  They are much better than their brochures or website.  It is not that the others were bad but they didn't seem to meet the needs for Bob.  I feel Life Care will be able to meet most of Bob's needs for what the insurance will cover.  I know Bob will rehabilitate himself with the things that are missing in therapy because he is so determined to be his total self again.

Last night Joy brought up some Pizza and Brent and Angie visited also.  Bob said he took about 10 steps with his cane yesterday with the aid of a strap and the therapists helping.