Tuesday, September 30

Routines

Jackie’s routine therapy sessions started early today with an ADL session with Paula.  Jim and I took some things over to the hotel room so Paula and Jackie could work by themselves.  Paula said she saw a little bit of movement in Jackie’s left hand as he tried to move his fingers slightly when washing his hands at the sink.  PTL

Becca decided to split her session in half and saw Jackie for a half hour in the morning, helping him eat breakfast.  In the afternoon Nana, Jim and I were there for the start of the session.  Becca brought gourds from her parents farm.  She gave them to Jackie and had him pick a gourd that best represented his family members.  We all laughed as he picked out the gourds representing himself, Jim, me, Lindsay, Florent and Jovie.

During Jackie’s PT session with Mark they worked on stretching and then walked 40 ft in the gym with assistance.  PTL. Erin is back from her vacation tomorrow so Mark and Jackie planned a little prank on her. Mark erased Erin’s name and wrote his name on the assignment board by Jackie.  Jackie’s part in the caper was to tell Erin that she was fired, just to see how she would react.  We will have to wait and see how the plot unfolds tomorrow.

After PT Jackie took his nap coupled with some nutrition. The rest of day included some time with nana on the second floor terrace and then dinner in the cafeteria. Once again, Jackie ate a decent amount of his meal and also indulged in his Magnum ice cream bar.

It was a shower and shave night, then bed.  Jackie’s routines may sound monotonous but it is the routine and the cadence of his therapy sessions, rest and nutrition that is driving his positive progress.  It is the very same routine that will eventually get us home and will one day have Jackie walking and back to an independent life. PTL

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.  The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

John C. Maxwell

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