Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Lunch out? Better PT day

Being able to eat a meal together as a family is a wonderful thing, and here's a photo to prove it. Get a load of this: Denise told me that her doctor thought I might be able to take her out to a restaurant for lunch this weekend! I just need to receive the wheelchair/walker orientation from a PT. I hope that's truly the case, and I can't wait to talk to the doctor tomorrow to find out if this is true. The last time we went out for a meal was on a trip to Big Bear the weekend before she started feeling ill.
Thanks for pulling for my wife after yesterday's frustrating day! You all are quite the tug-o-war team, and here are the results: She told me that the pain wasn't too bad today, that she had walked way farther than yesterday, and that the PT said she was almost doing it on her own for a time. Some people emailed their own personal rehab triumph stories, which I haven't been able to read to her yet. But I'm sure they'll be an encouragement. She's still eating well, no vomit. She will be on a calorie count tomorrow through Friday. Jacob called her "Mama" again, gave her kisses, and they played together for a while. Though he was weaned about six months ago, he still went grabbing for the food. Yep, I'm pretty certain that he recognizes Denise now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil - Are we ready for that ramp at home yet? Sounds like sooner is better... Neighbor Robert

December 07, 2005 7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


December 07, 2005 7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yah, yah, yah!

Love you,

December 07, 2005 7:58 AM  
Blogger Steve G. said...

Hi Phil,

This is Steve Goldman, a friend of Jackie and Steve. As I'm in a wheelchair myself I've experienced many ramps. Here are some helpful hints I can pass on to you. Try to have the ramp platform at least 30 inches wide with raised sides at least 4 inches high along both sides of the ramp. Lay down non-slip material (Home Depot / Lowes) in the middle so the person pushing Denise does not slip.

If possible, try to keep the incline to no more than 10 to 12 degrees. This is especially important if Denise is going to be pushing herself. If she is pushing herself "up" the ramp, make sure she leans forward so she doesn't tip over backwards.

I have lots of other hints too numerous to mention here. If you'd like, feel free to call me in San Diego at 858-395-3228. All the best to all of you. Steve G.

December 15, 2005 10:48 AM  

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