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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Outpatient Rehab Continues

We are still going to Outpatient Rehab twice a week, though now, I drive Bob there in the Bobmobile, which is so much easier, I must say, then pushing him there six blocks!

Therapy days are Mondays and Wednesdays, and Bob starts with an hour of Speech Therapy. The ST has really been challenging Bob and he really loves the process. They are now working on getting Bob to form complete spontaneous sentences, instead of his usual one or two words. She works with photos and pictures and a chart reading "Who" "Action" and "What", basically trying to get Bob to come up with sentences like "The guys (who) are playing (action) football (what)". She is also working a lot on "categories", having Bob say as many words in a category as he can think of, example: "animals".  Speech Therapy is fun, filled with lots of laughter, and Bob tries really hard to impress the ST.
Singing on the NuStep!

After Speech, he has an hour of PT.  Starting with 10 minutes on the NuStep, during which Bob entertains the whole therapy room by singing. Yes, singing! And I mean, he is belting them out. Starting with 1970's classic rock songs like Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple) and I'm 18 (Alice Cooper) or old show tunes, like Singing in the Rain and once, that Seven Dwarves song that goes "Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work we go".

He has made a hit with all the therapists who egg him on and ask for song requests!

At the parallel bars
After the NuStep, it's to the parallel bars where he does some weight bearing, some squatting and is able to, unfortunately, still only take about four steps, but he really does try.

The Shuttle
This past week, they got him on a new piece of equipment, called the shuttle, where Bob has to push a weighted platform with his feet.

I was a bit worried he might not be able to do this one, but he managed to pull it off! That, without toppling on the floor!

PT ends with some neck stretching and upper body work.

Neck stretching

All in all, Bob is feeling much better and enjoying both therapies very much. I do hope we can keep it going for awhile...


Theresa Loder said...

That is such great news Diane
That he is enjoying something must make you very happy .
The pictures are great and him singing is awesome..

So happy for you both

Sending hugs

You both are a true love story and an inspiration to everyone you come in contact with..


oc1dean said...

I remember the shuttle, that was where I determined that with enough pushback from the weight I could easily do the reps, no leg muscle atrophy. I did require the therapist to place the left foot on the plate, I had little hamstring control.

J.L. Murphey said...

Four steps is better than none. WTG Bob!
I remember the shuttle to regain my hamstring.
Sound like the Bobmobile is getting its workout too. Don't forget to get your exercise with this new luxury.

Rebecca Dutton said...

I am thrilled that Bob is doing so well in ST. Just goes to show that the old myth that recovery happens in the 1st six months is hogwash.

Grace Carpenter said...

I'm so happy for you two!

Anonymous said...

Great news on the therapy and the progress, especially in speech. I too hope he can continue with the therapy. Glad the Bobmobile is working so nice for you.

Lots of hugs & prayers for you both.