Tuesday, November 4

Keeping Up With The Pace

Today started with ADLs. Paula and Jackie worked on getting dressed and getting ready for the day.  Jackie continues to improve, but is still limited by the lack of purposeful movement on his left side.  Becca stopped by to check in.  She decided to have her session with Jackie at lunch since Paula had already assisted him with his meal set up. Jackie finished his breakfast in the room and then we went to the terrace for fresh fall air and Vitamin D.

Jackie spent his PT session on the Vector.  He really enjoys these work outs and pushes himself each time.  His left foot movement is still sluggish.  He is getting close but still cannot purposefully move his left foot past the right foot.  On a positive note his posture and trunk control are getting much better.  PTL

Lunch was next and Becca continues to test different foods with Jackie.  For now he remains on his soft food diet and seems to eat more with each meal. PTL  After taking some meds he laid down for a short rest.  The time went quickly and before long he was in OT where stretching was a focus.

Within minutes of getting back to the room, there was a knock on the door, it was Visa and her human mom Jane.  They had spent a good part of the day at Jefferson and were finishing up with us.  One of the places Visa visits is the surgical waiting rooms.  As we know all too well, these rooms are filled with many anxious and worried people.  Jane said she usually walks Visa around the room and can sense who would like to pet her. Then they circle back and provide needed canine comfort and conversation. Jackie always enjoys her company and just petting her relaxes him and always makes him smile.

Dinner was next then ESPN then bed. Jackie was tired, he worked hard and now it was time to rest and recharge.  As you go through your day, take a moment to realize and be thankful for your blessings, both physically and emotionally.  You just may find that many days that you think are bad, are actually good.

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”
~Charles Spurgeon