Physical Therapy and Battling Phlegm

18 Dec

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


Posted by on December 18, 2006 in Previous Posts


4 responses to “Physical Therapy and Battling Phlegm

  1. Justin & Danelle

    December 18, 2006 at 1:32 am

    It sounds like your attitude and spirit are on the right track for rehabilitation. We are thinking of you constantly in the Augustaitus household, sending our prayers and positive energy. We love you! You have so much support and love, you just let everyone know what they can do for you, we are eager to help.
    Much love,
    Justin, Danelle,Tucker, & the bun

  2. Amber

    December 18, 2006 at 3:06 am

    Hi there!
    WOW!! It sounds like you are doing so well!! You have got to feeling so much better to actually sit up! You and your family have been continuously in my thoughts. My parents send their prayers and high fives!! They are checking the blog regularly too!
    Erika, give Joel a high five to me! I hope you didn’t get too interupted today during the Bronco game. How ’bout them Ponies?

    You’re in my thoughts,

  3. Peter Scanlon

    December 18, 2006 at 6:04 am


    Introducing the Scanlon Physical Therapy Motivation Method: PT progess = beer on my nickel. Sweat for your drinks, sucka, sweat. I’ll be home in the spring, just in time for the 4 Peaks seasonal beers. Think about it.


    PS – Bath nurse or no bath nurse, you’re STILL a dirty hippie.

    PPS – Donkey’s STILL suck. Just ask Clay. He’ll tell you. Jesse, too.

  4. Clay

    December 19, 2006 at 8:34 pm


    Glad to hear you’re making progress and the ball is rolling in the right direction. I would apologize for our friend Pete’s comments on the Broncos, but there will never be an apology big enough for his ignorant comments. Have you noticed that he finds it so easy to make these comments when he’s out of the country?



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