This time, I brought Bob's old neck brace with me and I showed that to the sales rep to see if it could be adjusted at all. He adjusted it and put that on Bob's neck, but still, Bob just sat there and cried.
I asked Bob which would he prefer: the new brace or old? But he kept crying and mumbling "no no no" over and over.
I didn't know to what to do. I hate making decisions like this. Ultimately, I decided to buy the new brace because it looks more comfortable and is more adjustable than his old "Aspen" collar. My thought was that after a few more weeks of neck exercises, the brace may be more comfortable and I'd wait before making him wear it. But when I took the new brace up to the counter to pay for it, Bob completely flipped out.
He started screaming: "No! No! No!!!" at the top of his lungs.
It was one of those times when you just wish the floor would open up and swallow you whole.
I felt like a witch buying a torture device.
|Neck Stretch and Spine Alignment|
Yesterday, the OT came back for a visit and asked to see the new neck brace. When I took it out of the bag, Bob jabbed an angry finger at me and growled, "You!" And he kept it up, over and over that angry finger jab and "You!"
On a better note, the OT managed to get Bob into this neck stretching position which also helps align his spine.
She did this by boosting him up in bed so that his shoulders were at the top edge of the bed and then sort of bolstering him around with pillows.
He was so comfortable, he fell asleep. I'm trying to figure out if there is a way I could do this at night and still keep the head elevated enough for the feeding tube pump.
I tell you, even though he can be a complete shithead sometimes, he's still one handsome dude.
And I do love him.