reporting on J.R.’s physical therapy: “Daddy Daily”; volume 1

May 25, 2008 at 5:50 pm Leave a comment

Friday afternoon we got Daddy temporarily moved into the rehabilitation center here locally where he will receive physical therapy and speech therapy for a couple of weeks at least.  Yesterday he was doing pretty well. Today, however he has been uncooperative.

His speech has been limited to mumbles that are practically impossible to understand. The nurses on staff said Daddy was up most of the night asking for my mother. They wheeled him out near the nurse’s station (which is right outside his room by the way) so that they could try to talk with him and help him calm down.  In conversation, one of the nurses asked him what his wife’s name was a couple of different times, and his reply wasthat her name is, “Sweetheart.”

And, today the nurses called and asked Mama if she could come on and come to see Daddy NOW so that maybe she could help him to calm down. Daddy was very aggitated and apparently had been that way all night. He refused his morning medicine. They finally got him to swallow it an hour and a half later with Mama’s help. Then he fell asleep. (He was probably exhausted from all the fussing he was doing.)

Our family of four went to see him after church but he was sleeping soundly.  Mama was there and had been four a couple of hours.  Susan and her daughter Emma went after we left, and he was still sleeping. So, only Mama got to see him while he was awake today.

Tomorrow will be his first full day of therapies. I hope he will be well rested and more interested in cooperating with those who are there to help him.

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