Tuesday, October 28

Determination

Not counting getting ready and taking morning meds, Jackie started his day having breakfast with Becca. He spent a little bit of independent time with some of the other patients and then headed to PT. His work out in the gym consisted of stretching, transfers and standing balance. While standing, a tall mirror is wheeled in front of Jackie. It has a shelf at the top. Jackie must put bean bags one at a time on the top of the shelf while trying to maintain his balance. As Jackie continues to work on walking, standing balance is just one of the key factors for success.

Lunch with Becca was next. Her strategy of introducing new foods slowly is working as Jackie’s swallowing function continues to improve. PTL  Even though he ate some lunch he still received some nutrition with his noon meds. We made sure Jackie was able to rest today. His therapy after lunch is more productive when he has some time to relax prior to the session.

Paula picked up Jackie and they had a jam packed session. They stretched, worked on bed transfers and sitting and standing balance. They also teamed up for a short while with Erin and walked a short distance, then finished up the session practicing putting on a shirt.

Jackie had made it through yet another day of therapy. A trip to the second floor terrace was in order as well as a Magnum bar. We were blessed with another beautiful fall day and the sounds of the city helped bring the outside world in.

Jackie’s break had to end as it was time for more nutrition and afternoon meds. Since Jackie was too tired yesterday we were never able to connect with Lindsay. Today we called early. Jackie was able to talk with both her and Florent. Jackie’s voice was not as strong as the last call but I think it was because he was still in his chair vs laying in bed. Ultimately for Jackie just hearing their voices is enough to lighten his mood.

Becca had ordered a dinner tray for Jackie and based on the fact that he was tired we decided to eat in the room vs the dining room. Being in a busy environment can be too much stimulation even when Jackie is rested. After he was done eating it was time for a shower and then bed.

Today, please take a moment to count your blessings. Not just the big ones, but the ones we take for granted like standing, walking and eating without any cues on how and when to swallow. Our lives can be filled with so much more joy if we just have the right mindset to let it in.

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”
~Martha Washington

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