|Bob attempting to stand with the hemi-walker.|
The PT is 5'7" and Bob is 6'3"...
Last week, Bob had his re-evaluation at Outpatient Rehab and was approved for four more weeks of therapy. This only because he has an excellent and very kind therapist who tells him, "Bob, if all my patients tried as hard as you do, my job would be too easy."
Truth be told, physical therapy has been a real struggle for Bob this time around. Mainly because the dystonia in his left ("unaffected") foot causes him such great pain each time he attempts to stand up or walk or put weight on it.
Imagine trying to walk with one paralyzed leg/foot that you can't control and are pretty much dragging along, while the other foot is crippled up, all the toes curled under and digging into the ball of your foot and screaming in pain. On top of that, it seems that the dystonia is also attacking his left hamstring and he cannot totally straighten out his left leg. When he stands, he is all hunched over. And of course, he still has that neck problem.
That's what he's dealing with.
I tell you, it breaks my heart to watch him.
The PT's are still optimistic and still trying to get him up on the hemi-walker. So far, Bob has managed to stand with the walker for the count of five. Yesterday, he toppled over backward, taking the therapist with him into his wheelchair!
I do worry that I am pushing him too hard. That he's doing this for me. And that's the only reason. He wants to make me happy. Because he knows how long and hard I have fought to get him back into therapy and get financial aid to pay for it.
But at what price? He is in so much pain.
And the whole struggle with the hemi-walker seems so fruitless. Pointless, really. I am beginning to doubt that Bob will ever walk again....
We did see the new neurologist about Botox for Bob's neck and, hopefully, foot. We have another appointment to consult with the actual doctor who will be doing the Botox in May. Botox is already scheduled, but not until July 2nd. Which will probably be too late for this rehab session.
On a lighter note: last night, the cats were both sleeping, sort of sprawled out on top of the built-in bookcase in Bob's room and Bob saw them and laughed and said to me, "Take a picture!"
|Ripley and Zenith|
By the way, "Take a picture!" is a very good spontaneous sentence!