Thanksgiving has come and gone. We had a smaller group but I didn't take many pictures. Until Bob is a little more mobile I have my hands full just taking all of the things he needs when we go somewhere. The camera is too much. I did upgrade my phone with a nicer camera and editing capabilities. I'll probably take pictures with that for a while. I hope to get a lot of pictures at Christmas. Ben, Jane and Jake are coming the week of Christmas and we are very excited to spend time with them. I had a birthday last week.
I am always happy to get another birthday. Bob says " getting older is contageous" " if you hang around long enough you will catch it."
Bob works every day as if it is his job going to therapy and doing the exercises. His walking has improved a lot. He graduated from an arm cane to a regular cane. His study at UT ended last week. We go a couple of times this week for tests so they can evaluate the results.
He is doing Occupational Therapy a couple of times a week. His shoulder brings him a lot of pain which makes it difficult for him to do exercises. But, he keeps trying. They are trying to make a decision about what to do about the pain.
The most difficult thing is just doing the normal everyday things that we all do without thinking most of the time. For instance, getting ready for the day. Showering, dressing, struggling with compression socks, braces and more. It's so time consuming. I have started to allow 2 hours just get myself ready and assist Bob with his needs. Otherwise we are late for appointments.
We still have a lot of hope and realize Bob is very fortunate to still be here. It is just going to take longer than we originally thought. The best way for us to deal with this is to go back to how he was originally and see the progress since. Bob's attitude keeps us both going.