Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Unexpected things...


My brother and his wife came down last summer, and we took a little drive to see a couple covered bridges.


We drive down this same road numerous times every year and this was the first time to see these.


On my other blog, Time Stand Still, I have a couple close-ups of some of the flowers.
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Roger had therapy today...last week and this week, she had him work on filling out a form as if he was going to a doctor for the first time.  And he is doing it....just slow.  It is amazing how far he has come.  But she says she thinks she can go down to two times a month.  That gives me relief to know if I have concerns, I still can talk to her.

I know each stroke is different....but until this happened I had no clue.  I know my boss had one, but his was worse than Roger's.  He couldn't talk, could not feed himself...had a feeding tube.  So when Roger's happened, I really expected that.

Thankfully, it was not as bad.  But oh, at the things you probably don't even think about unless you have dealt with someone that had a stroke.  Where his brain bleed was on the left side affected Roger's speech/communication center.  He had trouble naming things, could not read...which was partly due vision problems. For the time he was in the rehab facility, he could not name things or read at all.  I think one time he figured out one word.

Since coming home, he has had to learn to count change/money, and learn to tell time on a dial clock all over again.  He is learning to read and has come a long way, but still has work to do.  He has come so far from where he was.  I never would have dreamed that he would ever be able to fill out a form. 

 All the therapists he has had have been wonderful people.  The ones he has had week in and week out have been so, so good to us.  And I know they get paid, for doing it but they sure work for it.  I am sure that some of them take their work 'home with them.'  I know the couple that are married discuss how to help him.  

We have not been back to the rehab facility that he spent time at in Terre Haute but we want to go there one of these days...hoping to see some of the same crew.

I know this is rambling...but just felt like sharing a bit. 


13 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

He is an amazing and strong man! I am so glad he is recovering so well! The wildflowers are gorgeous! So many different ones all together in the field.

Mildred said...

The flowers are so cheerful. Thank you for the update on Roger. I am thankful that he is improving although I know it has been hard and challenging. I'm grateful for the therapists who have been so helpful. God bless you both. xoxo

Cat Lover said...

So glad Roger continues to improve. We have gone through some medical issues with first my Dad and then now my Mum. The help we received and still are receiving has been phenomenal.
Lovely flowers. What a sight that must have been!

Karen said...

The field of wildflowers is amazing. So cheerful. I am thankful Roger is doing much better.

Nancy Chan said...

The wild flowers are a mixture of colours and they are so pretty! So happy for Roger's progress and also for the kind, helpful people that have helped Roger and you.

Sandra said...

I am so glad you shared this with us. this is good news and I am so happy for you both that he is getting better and better. I have no idea what you are going though since I have never dealt with it. it is good to keep us posted because we might need info someday for ourselves or for friends. Rogers story is an uplifting one compared the your friends story.. hugs and prayers. did you pick any of those wonderful flowers?

Tom said...

My daughter is a speech therapist and I know of the great work that she does.

Betsy Adams said...

Awesome report ---and of course, beautiful flowers...

I am so glad that Roger is doing so well.... God Bless Him and his attitude and progress....

Hugs,
Betsy

newenglandgardenandthread said...

Beautiful flowers to accompany your good medical report. Hope everything keeps moving in the right direction and those beautiful flowers bloom again in a few months. :-)

CountryMum said...

It is wonderful that Roger continues to improve.
Beautiful wildflower photos. The colours are just magical.

Ruth Hiebert said...

It must give you so much joy to see Roger progressing so well.It is good to read about it, even though I don't know you personally, but I rejoice with you.Love,love,love those flowers.

Bonny Bonafilla said...

So great to hear of Roger's progress. It must be a difficult time for both of you, but it's fabulous that things moving in the right direction. I'm so glad that you have the support of such dedicated health-care professionals. I'm sure - there, as here - there's many an angel dressed in a nursing uniform or a white coat.

Small City Scenes said...

Thank you for sharing this. Glad to hear the good news about Roger. It is hard for you too so take care of yourself too.
The wildflowers are lovely.
MB