As I was driving into Rochester at 8:30 this morning, I received a call from Luke asking where I was. I told him I was almost to the hospital and he said that he was already there!
One of the missionaries we support is briefly back from Paraguay and really wanted to see Mike. So a group of 3 adult (although I did ask them how old they are) men and Luke arrived at the hospital at 6:30 this morning for a two hour visit. It sounds like they had a great time, although Mike may need to recover from all the laughing! His chest still hurts quite a bit when he laughs. They also used all his best words for the day. I’m hoping I get some after he has a nap!
Mike had a great day yesterday. I was able to attend most of his therapy sessions. It is amazing that physical therapy works. I still don’t get it. They started by telling Mike to look at his hand and think about moving it. Then they had him move his left hand while they move his right. Eventually he was able to move on the right. It makes know sense. That it pretty much how everything has worked.
Yesterday he was working on walking from side to side. He held onto a windowsill and a bar and moved both directions. In the morning, the therapist had to help his right foot move. In the afternoon session, she didn’t. I am definitely going to have to research this to figure out how it works!
Several people have expressed concern over his hand not working as well as his leg. He was up and walking on March 4th and his arm did not start to work until March 9th. We were told that usually the leg works first and then the arm, and this is the pattern that Mike has followed. So, while others were worried about this, I was not. Of course, we don’t know what the final result will be, but progress usually continues through the first year following AVM surgery.
I was also pleasantly surprised when Mike got back from the psychology session. The reason I had been so worried was that the psychologist who had led the group therapy session last week put forth taoism as a philosphy that could be helpful in coping with rehab. He really put down Christianity. Mike, of course, took issue with this, but it was very frustrating due to his word-finding issues. The psychologist he saw individually is a Christian who attends an Evangelical Free church in Rochester. They were able to have a great discussion and Mike found him very helpful. What a difference talking to someone with the same worldview makes!
Next week will be the first week that Mike has a full slate of therapy. They held off on some of the non-essentials (recreational therapy) to give him time to heal from the cardiac surgery. He still has pain with laughing and some movements, but is doing much better in that area.
I am hoping to get some good talking time in today! He only has two therapy sessions today, so hopefully he’ll be more awake. I am heading home tomorrow to spend a few more days at home. Mike may be posting sometime this weekend, so stay tuned!