James has asked me to post two photos from today. Here is the first:
The distance between the bed and the chair was about 18 inches, but for Jim it looked like the Grand Canyon. It was painful, a bit scary and exhausting, but he did it. He celebrated with a U of O salute. This is the first step in the road to walking, an activity many of us take for granted. Not so for Jim.
The next photo is from an afternoon meeting with an RN who works on the complexities of discharge planning. Although Jim will be in the hospital at least through Saturday, perhaps longer, it remains to be seen what type of assistance will be required to keep him on the road to recovery once he goes home. We’re glad we have many handicap access features in our new home, including a barrier free shower, grab bars, etc.
Yes, he is experiencing a range of emotions and frustrations. Yes, it sucks being stuck in a hospital bed. Yes, he would like to make faster progress. He pooh-poohed the chair as a big milestone until this nurse told him precisely how important it really was. She was genuinely pleased. So am I.