Joel had a long day Sunday, with a constant stream of different nurse specialists coming in and doing their thing: respiratory therapists with bronchial dilator treatments, nurses to change the dressings on his back, a food-menu nurse, bath nurse, and the beloved physical therapists who work out his arms with resistance training and legs with flexibility exercises. A team of three PT nurses got him sitting up for 10 minutes this afternoon. He was even able to balance himself without their help for a brief time. One mentioned most take a week to get this far and can’t stay up for more than a minute.
One challenge: He battled phlegm all day as he struggled to cough up fluid in his lungs. One triumph: He had a very little bit of “ambiguous sensation” in his feet, but was unable to determine where the nurse was pinching. She was, as we all are, very optimistic about his strength and attitude, and mentioned that he could go to either Craig or Barrows in as early as a week. To be transferred, he has to reach three hours a day total of physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) — which will start soon. It seems they’ll gradually increase the sessions and ramp up the strength training. His motor function is improving and he’s awake much more, so I’m looking to purchase an air card soon so he can begin to blog himself. Thank you all so much for writing. I’ve been reading the blog postings to him daily. — Erika