Let me start by saying sorry if there are a lot of typos, I cannot get on the internet here in the hospital tonight so I am typing this on my Blackberry.
Last night was a little difficult for Lenny. He is starting to feel all the pain and really discover everything that is wrong with him now that he is out of the SICU. He is used to automatic pain medicine that he has to ask for now, so after he had slept about 5 hours he woke up feeling awful about 230am. The nurse let us know that when he sees the doctor in the morning they will put him on an extended release medication so he doesn't have that problem again.
Today was all about evaluation. It started in the morning with speech therapy. They work him with speaking obviously and his eating. That part has been pretty simple so far.
Next came occupational therapy and a shower. He was ecstatic to take a shower. They got him out of bed and into a shower chair and wheeled him into the shower where he soaped up and washed off. After the shower we needed him to stand up again to get into the wheelchair. Now his right leg is toe touch only, and his left leg is weight bearing as tolerated. Well after originally getting him out of bed he was compplaining if his left knee hurting badly and he didn't think he could stand up. We finally convinced him to try just for a second and we got him into the chair. Great progress.
He stayed in the wheelchair for a while and as the afternoon went by his two doctors came (rehab and medical). It was a lot of evaluation as they learned about Lenny. He will see those doctors daily. After the doctors were done he had lunch and I was actually able to eat with him as I can buy a meal here. We had grilled cheese with tomato soup. It was good.
After lunch his Physical Therapist came, he was very nervous because he did not want to stand up again because his knee was hurting so bad. It started with just some evaluation to see how his strength was, but she definitely wanted him to get up. So she had him get up and take a couple steps to the bed so he could lay down. He hated it because his knee is really hurting.
Tomorrow he will have 2 hours of PT, 1 hour of OT, and 1 hour of ST. It should be quite a day. We are still on the estimate of 2 to 3 weeks before going home. We are counting the days!
Until tomorrow! Love, Nancy