Kirsten came home today! For a brief visit. A few days ago her therapists Emily (OT) and Courtney (PT) arranged a visit to our apartment so they could assess the environment in which Kirsten would have to live and operate after discharge. I skipped out of work to be here, and it’s a good think I did. Kirsten required a lot of help getting up, and back down, the steps. The three ladies drove here from the hospital. Courtney and Emily showed me how to assist Kirsten and make sure she was able to safely climb them. I spotted and supported, as instructed and required. Kirsten was very shaky, slow, and weak. We had pre-positioned a chair at the first landing, which she used to rest. Then, we moved the chair to the next landing before she proceeded. It was a long process, and very difficult for Kirsten. Once we were in the third-floor apartment, Kirsten navigated quite easily with her walker. Her therapists gave us feedback on positioning snacks for Kirsten in places that will require minimal effort for her to access. They are going to get us an attachment for the toilet to provide arm rests, and a stool for the shower.
I’m having our landlord install a shower head with a hose, and Emily is going to order us a seat for the shower. I need to get a chair for Kirsten to sit in and do her computing. It can’t have wheels and must have arms. It also must be the correct height.
On the way back to work I stopped by the Department of Motor Vehicles to pick up handicap placards. I was in and out in less than five minutes. They certainly failed to live up to their reputation, which I appreciated.
When I visited Kirsten at the hospital after work she was putting clothes away in her closet. It’s nice to see her getting around on her own and becoming more independent.
During one of her occupational therapy sessions with Emily today, Kirsten baked cookies in the therapy kitchen. She let me bring some home for the girls. She was so excited to be able to bake. I love when she’s excited and happy.
Kirsten spoke with Dr. Charbonneau about her discharge date, and they decided Saturday was too early. I agree, and was advocating sometime later next week. The tentative date for coming home has been pushed back to next Wednesday. She’s not strong enough right now to climb the stairs well, and the frequency of physical and occupational therapies in the hospital could do Kirsten a lot of good. She has been progressing rapidly, and I think a few more days there is the right call.
The medical bills are piling up. Thank you to all of you who have contributed to the campaign to help our family. We appreciate you so very much. If you’ve already donated, or are unable to, please continue to spread the word. We need all the help we can get. 🙂