Thursday, October 30

Enduring Determination

Today Jackie was able to stay in bed longer than usual. He was having a routine test done that required him to be laying down. Because he has been through so much, minor tests, that would cause all of us to get anxious, don’t bother him and he completes them without complaining.

Erin popped in a little before her PT session with Jackie was supposed to start. She had a new tool for Jackie’s bed that would help us position him easier and would also benefit his skin. We will be able to take this home with us when that day comes. As soon as we were done testing it out, Erin took Jackie to the gym. Besides the normal PT workout, Erin put a walking boot on Jackies cast. Then it was time for lunch. Jackie ate a big lunch and Becca even let him have a Krispy Kreme donut for an appetizer. PTL The donuts were a treat from Jackie’s cousins visit the day before.

It was too late for a nap so Jackie stayed in his chair until it was time for OT. The session went well with Paula and we helped Jackie get in bed for a late nap. He was tired.

Becca had ordered a dinner tray for Jackie, so the three of us ate in his room. He finished his meal with a Magnum bar thanks to a new supply dropped off by one of Jackie’s college friends Mom and her sister. They live close and have been picking up some things for us. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful family and network of friends that continues to grow. PTL

Jackie got a shave and shower and then went to bed. We all watched a little TV and then Jackie said, “I have a craving for a Magnum.” Jim and I laughed and laughed.

A little bit later, when Jackie was falling asleep, he and I started talking about the future, which is something we don’t do very often. In reality I was talking more than Jackie but he would interject a word or two every now and then. We talked about working to move his left leg more so that he could walk and then we talked about someday transitioning from a wheelchair to a walker and then to walking on his own. A couple minutes passed and then Jackie clearly said, “I can’t wait for that day.”

“Life, like classical music, is full of difficult passages that are conquered as much through endurance and determination as through any particular skill.”
~Sheri L. Dew