Sunday, July 02, 2017

Sandi at Rehab--Day 3

Today was special as Jacob Ryan came down to spend time with his grandmother. When we all got to the hospital early this afternoon we found Sandi dressed and sitting up for the first time in nearly a month. She was in her room and between therapy sessions so we got almost an hour with her.  Mentally she was fully present though at times she was clearly flustered for a word and tended to repeat some things. It was clear that today was better than last Friday so hopefully that will continue.

Baby and grandmother had a good visit as did the rest of us. Her therapist told me Sandi is doing fairly well. She is shaky using the walker so they have her using a guide belt (the pink belt in the picture below) and the therapist makes sure to hang on to her as they go down the hall very slowly. Slow is fine with me and my cane so I went with them to the huge physical training room. Other than her walking ability, the therapist said that everyone is very pleased with how well she is doing after everything she has been through.

Her main complaint, beyond the liquid diet that she absolutely hates, is the fact she gets cold. They limit patients to two blankets provided by the hospital. She can have more if we supply them, so we brought to the hospital three more blankets that she wanted. We also brought clothes for five days so she is set for that. I offered to bring a couple more caps as she has some here, but she is happy with the yellow one she made awhile back. As it happened, she deliberately took it with her when going to the hospital as she was worried her head would get cold and had expected her hair to go away very quickly once chemo started. Because they also gave her steroids with the chemo, it took about ten days longer to fall out than expected.

At this point, things seem to be going well. Hopefully, that will continue.


Bill Crider said...

Sounds really good.

Barry Ergang said...

Very positive, and I'm sure seeing the baby was a great boost to her attitude.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

I think so, Bill. She seems to have transitioned to rehab pretty well and seems to have settled in pretty good.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

I think Jacob Ryan helped a lot, Barry. Scott and I can't compete with a baby. lol

Elizabeth said...

Great news! I'm so glad things are going better.