The days have turned into weeks and it’s so strange to us that John is in the Acute Rehab Center in Branson Missouri hospital because of having a stroke on July 16th. Being in rehab just two weeks from that dreadful stroke has brought some tears, laughter and a whole lot of work on John’s part.
One week ago we got his reports from each of the three therapists he sees on a daily basis, and the Doctors he sees. From a 1 to 7 range, 7 is real good, John scored 1 in just about every category. He did make one 3, that was in personal care, yeah John! Rehabilitation for John was looking pretty grim at that point…
Rehab, Just Two Weeks From That Dreadful Stroke
The schedule seems to be working out great for of us. I get to stop by and say good morning on my way to work. Then I return about dinner time to spend a couple of hours with him. John has been getting up real early, very eager to start the new day to find out what’s new with this new adventure he’s on.
It seems that almost every day he is able to move something a little bit or a little more than he did yesterday. All five fingers are working ( a little bit), but that means he will most likely regain his whole hand. He also has more
movement in his right leg and foot this week. That has been a huge step forward. We got our weekly report today and John scored 3’s, 4’s and a 6. I think there was only one 1 in the scoring. Week two is looking a whole lot better for John.
What Are the Plans for the Future?
We had a wonderful talk with the social worker today and she said the team is setting John’s dismissal date for August 17th. I have to admit I was a little shaken at that. I want to make sure I am ready for that date. There will be a lot to do to get the homestead ready for John’s arrival. This is a list of what I’ve been reading that we need to be concerned with:
- Grab bars in the bathroom
- A shower bench for the tub and shower
- Door handles that John will be able to use with one hand
- The dogs getting under his feet
- Flip top lids instead of screw tops on personal care items
- A ramp to be able to get him in the house
And the list goes on every time I look around the house. I know it seems overwhelming for me now, but as time goes on and John gets more and more stable everything will work out. I have no doubt. Therefore I just know that God has a plan for us, not of disaster, but of HOPE and a future. That is a promise from God that is coming to pass.
Back To Tending With The Daily Chores at The Homestead
Next week in the blog and Video I will be getting back to work around the homestead tending to the daily chores. Even with emergencies and setbacks, life goes on at the homestead. I find it comforting and a lot of peace working around the yard and out in the garden during this time of transition in our lives.
I know having my responsibilities and John’s now is a little harder on this 63-year-old body, but I enjoy getting things done and keeping things in order. John has really done a good job teaching me the right and wrongs of working on the homestead these past few years. I am very grateful he took the time to do that because you never know when bumps in the road will happen, and we need to be ready for whatever comes our way.
Thank you, Each One of You
Again we want to say thank you, each one of you for your support and love, it would have been very hard to go through this without it. There’s just something about knowing we have a wonderful support standing behind us holding us up. So Please let us know when you need our support and love, it will be a pleasure to reciprocate that love.
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John & Lisa in the beautiful, gorgeous green Ozark Mountains of Southwest Missouri