It was great to get back to Rochester and see the progress Mike has made. It was noticeable in leg and arm movement and speech.
Mike was in physical therapy when I got to the hospital. I continue to be amazed by how they get the different muscles to work. When I left on Sunday, Mike was doing sidesteps at a bar. Today he was doing it without assistance or support. He is able to tap his toes and lift his leg. Great progress!
His arm movement has also improved. Last week Mike could grip with his hand, but not let it out. This week he can. He can move his thumb very well. He can also lift his arm higher.
Mike’s speech has improved greatly. He pauses much less and the words seem to come more easily. He said that he feels less foggy in his thinking, which is a good thing. The speech therapist is very pleased with his progress.
We spent quite a bit of time discussing getting out. Putting it that way makes it sound like he’s leaving a jail, which I think it is starting to feel like! Tomorrow we should find out the definite discharge date. Mike was not aware that he is going to need extensive outpatient therapy, probably three to four times a week at first. I have already had people volunteer to help with transportation for that, which is great.
The big news of the day is that he gets a day pass to go out of the hospital! We are planning to do this on Saturday. It is a kind of like a dry run for going home. I’m not sure what we’ll do, but I think it will involve eating, and possibly Menards. At least part of it will be fun! There are a lot of things to think about as we prepare to go home, and it will be good to see how we get along outside of the hospital.