Greetings to you all. We wish you a joyous Christmas and hope your Christmas Day was perfect! Please join us in celebrating that on Thursday, December 23, I completed the Brooks Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program. I still have to get new glasses so I can see better and then I will return to Brooks to be certified to drive . . . something I am looking forward to.
We want to thank each of you who has checked on me and prayed for my recovery. Your prayers have been meaningful. We thank you for your gift of time and devotion. We have had a good day. I am experiencing more good days than bad and am improving each day. Today’s Christmas is a reminder to us all that God is indeed about His business and has blessed our family in many ways. One of our special blessings is your friendship and prayers for my recovery. We hope you have had a wonderful day today. Merry Christmas to you all.
So sorry that it’s taken a month to update! Mama is still making progress, though the pace is much slower (which is to be expected). She’s still attending 6 hour therapy sessions four days a week, and she’s doing more at home. Over Thanksgiving Bo and I went to Jacksonville for the holiday, and we all went to Thanksgiving dinner at a local country club so that we didn’t have to deal with cooking or cleaning. While we were home we also went to see the new Harry Potter movie, and it was Mama’s first time at a movie theater since the accident. We’d been concerned that since she’s sensitive to loud sounds and has been having some trouble with dizziness/vertigo that a movie might not be a good idea, but she did great!
Now that Mama’s slowly becoming more active she’s helped with organizing some things around the house and starting to help cook meals as well. She barely remembers anything from being at Mayo, and we’re getting her up to date with everything that happened. She’s amazed at how many visitors she had, and is so grateful for all the love and support she’s been receiving from friends and family. She looks great (with the way she parts her hair you can’t even see the scar on her head), and she’s feeling better each week.
Debbie is now settled at home and is beginning to become more independent with day to day activities. The outpatient therapy is progressing nicely and she has become accustomed to the schedule. We leave the house around 8:15am to make the 9 o’clock beginning therapy session. Therapy finishes at 3:30 every afternoon, four days per week, so we are back home a little after 4pm. At the end of the day she is tired and ready to return home for a little rest before assisting with some of the normal household duties such as assisting with laundry, preparing meals, etc. We are anticipating that the current therapy schedule will be in place until the end of the year. We continue to be very pleased with her progress, especially after all that she has been through beginning with her injury on September 5th. We continue to be comforted by your comments, cards and prayers for Debbie and her family.
Mama was released from in-patient care at the rehabilitation center on Wednesday, and she was able to go home! She’s been resting and getting settled into being at home, and she’ll start out-patient therapy on Monday. She’ll go back to the rehabilitation center 4 days a week for about 6 hours each day, but she’s thrilled to be at home and is enjoying her own bed and the dogs!
She continues to progress a little each day. She’s able to walk on her own to a degree, though not without someone else being present. Her appetite has improved, and she’s able to follow along with a television show or a movie.