Friday, July 15, 2011

Tag - I'm It!

Apparently we are now tag-teaming the blog! So the wifey is back in charge. It's easier for me to write than Jon, because I give more detail and talk more about how well he's doing than he will!

Jon has had a busy but productive week. He went back to work Monday (really Tuesday) and has worked every day this week. I think that's a pretty good accomplishment considering it's just about seven weeks since he suffered his stroke. Fortunately for us, he works at a great place and has great friends who are willing to pick him up at the house and bring him home every day at lunch! That helps me out a great deal, and we really appreciate the continued support.

I think work has gone pretty well for him. But in addition to heading back to the office, he's back in therapy, although not as often as we would like. We are used to the 3-4 hour/day schedule we were on in Waco. So to only go a few days a week is difficult. But they are definitely working him hard when he is there.

He had both physical and occupational therapy a few times this week, and they are definitely pushing him, which he likes. Even though the sessions are shorter, they are more intense, so we hope after a few more appointments, we'll start to see the results! In physical therapy he's working on refining how he walks. He strictly uses his cane now, hasn't been in his chair since we've been home, so they are helping him strengthen and "perfect" his gait. Next week he starts three days a week, so that will be good.

In occupational therapy, he's definitely working hard! His therapist is as determined to get him back to full function as he is, and that makes both of us feel great! He had a long session today and worked a lot on shoulder movement - which is coming along - and strengthening his elbow. We've only had a few sessions, and I know Jon wants to see big progress each time, but it will come. For now, once again, we're glad to see even some minor progress, and we are definitely seeing that! We have to keep reminding ourselves we are in this for the long haul - nothing is an easy fix - so we just have to hunker down and get through it.

Overall, I think Jon has had a great week. He's back at work, back in therapy and our little family is starting to get back into a routine. Our lives will still be challenging, but we can deal with that. It's easy to dwell on what we don't have, what we've lost, what we are facing, but when we truly look at our lives, it's easy to see that despite what we are dealing with, we are truly blessed. We have each other, we have friends, we have family, a church filled with members who stand behind us, and we have faith. With all of this, there's no doubt not only will we get through it, we'll be stronger and recognize how lucky we are!

So stay tuned. There's no telling who will be at the helm next post! But we'll keep everyone updated! Thank you all again for your continued support and encouragement.

1 comment:

  1. Hi guys:

    Glad that you posted a new entry....I check a few times per day to see the progress you have made.

    You talked about how the therapy is less times per week than when you were in Waco, but you also must realize that just being "out and about" is therapy in itself--getting in and out of a car, going in and out of doors, stepping up on curbs, getting up and down at your desk--all of this is therapy, too. So you are working your body all day long! Plus you are keeping your mind busy and that is good.

    I am so proud of all of you. Keep up the good work and know that prayers still flow like a river of love.

    God bless.