The final discharge date for my dad is set: September 7th, at 10AM. From there, we head straight to Chicago, where some dear friends of ours have offered us their home to live in while we are there for therapy. This is such a relief to not have to look for a place to stay! It will be an easy drive to where my dad will be at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. It is unknown how long we will be there, but we are very excited for this change. We keep hearing great things about the RIC, and can't wait to get my dad started there!
For the past week during occupational therpay, the therapists have been using electrical stimulus in attempts to activate muscle contractions in his right arm and hand. Lately these have been proving successful, and my dad has been able to lift his arm up and down and move it from side to side with the stimulus. It's amazing.
In physical therapy, he's walking farther and farther every day. (And faster!) He uses a stationary bike, walks up and down stairs, and even walks backwards.
This weekend, some family took my dad out of the hospital to see the movie 'Despicable Me,' which he had been wanting to see for a very long time. It was so great to get him out of the usual halls of Mary Brigh, and in a different environment. The movie was very much enjoyed by all of us. Before heading back to the hospital, we made a much needed stop at Dairy Queen!! It ended up being a very pleasant day.
"The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,And with my song I will praise Him" Psalm 28:7