Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Tuesday March 29th, 2011
Hello Dear Friends,
Mike was away on business in San Fransisco the past week. Sorry for a much delayed written update.
Josh has continued his positive progress, labeled as "the hardest working man in rehab" by his therapists. He is still working on standing, sitting, stretching, and bending. He is playing memory games, bingo, and trivia. It is paying off! His memory improves daily, but it is still drastically dependent on his energy level. He is beginning to recall important things more reliably and refers to a journal, his memory log, many times during the day to remember the more mundane happenings.
Today, when we were trying to remember the actor from Cocoon that resembles his doctor, Dr. Long, Josh was the first to remember "Wilford Brimley"! He also knew the Flinstones address in Bedrock during a game of trivia. He has created some sand art in Recreational Therapy and is practicing some newly learned jokes with everyone here.
He and his wonderful speech therapist, Jessica, did a survey project about the seasons last week to practice conversation and interaction. Now everyone in this complex knows him by name and greets him wherever we go.
Josh has begun to move his right hand and wrist! At first it was just the thumb, now he is squeezing an exercise ball, rotating his wrist and elbow very well, and completely nonplussed by our excitement about it all. "I don't see why it is so exciting." This is a fantastic improvement and means that his right arm, so slow to wake up, has begun to recover!
Josh has begun to talk about his dreams, to show signs of his signature wit, and to initiate conversational topics. But Josh still has some questions that he asks repetitively, "How old am I?" "What year is it?" "What happened to me?" Sometimes he knows the answers already and sometimes he wings it. He has told us twice he was in a snowmobile accident and today he asked if he had been in a plane crash. Luckily, when we remind him that he has asked these questions five times in the last few minutes, he thinks it is funny.
Josh also told us today he had a dream in which "He was almost addicted to grapes!"
We are so thankful for his positive attitude and sense of humor. It is a blessing
to see him shift in one week from his first Facebook status update of "Unhappy and at Rehab" to his second, "I am remembering everything"!
A heartfelt thank you to all the extra support this last week while Mike was away. It made the week do-able for Darling, Rose, and Josh. As always, a sincere thank you to all the blog followers, comments or no comments. Just knowing that you are thinking of Josh makes us so happy!
Josh will be at Bryn Mawr Rehab at least through the end of April.