As I write this, Sandy is sleeping and I have an hour to myself, so I thought an update was in order. I would like to spend more time with my extended family and my business associates, but life has a way of negating our wants and desires. Of course, wants and desires don’t go away, but there are times they must take a back seat to other, more important, considerations.
I’m happy to report that my wife is home and away from the hospital and rehabilitation atmosphere. After spending 35 days in that environment, she and I have set up shop in our rec room, which has been configured as a living room / bedroom / rehab facility. In short, a studio apartment. When meals are needed, as occasionally they are, I run upstairs to prepare them. Shower facilities are upstairs, as well, but Sandy makes her way up there about once a week, with difficulty.
She is visited nearly every day by a therapy person (Occupational, Physical, or Speech) and when they are not here, she is exercising what is being taught her. It’s a hard road, and I’m doing my best to keep her on the straight and narrow. She calls me her “Slave Driver,” a moniker I gratefully accept.
Sandy’s #1 goal is to climb the stairs to the second floor of the house, without assistance, on a frequent basis. There are 15 steps, in a switchback configuration and, so far, she can climb them with assistance from her therapy aides. I don’t know how long this will take, but we are both here to achieve her goal. My goal is to help Sandy achieve hers!