This morning, I was in the kitchen crushing up Bob's a.m. meds when I happened to look up through the pass-through window that looks from our kitchen into the dining room and living room (Bob's hospital bed is in the living room) and I see an amazing sight: Bob's right arm in the air! At first, I couldn't believe my eyes. I went to his bed, but his arm was still. Could I have imagined this? So, I went back to preparing his medication and while I was syringing the meds into his feeding tube, Bob yawned and his right arm sprung into the air!!!!
This may not seem like a lot, but there has been absolutely no movement in that arm since the stroke. And, although it was strictly an involuntary movement, it means his arm is no longer paralyzed. And it has certainly not "plateaued!" This is progress! This is the way he started moving his right leg: first with involuntary movements, later he began to gain control.
I write this breathlessly, quickly because we have a big day ahead of us. Bob has his evaluation appointment at Outpatient Rehab and I need to get him ready for that. Happy tears, today!