Another blog post by Jared. For this one I’m pretty much just going to talk at this microphone and say whatever comes to my mind. Starting Monday I begin another two weeks of being alone in my room, that is alone from my parents. My stay here has been quite lengthy and there are patients flowing in and out at what seems almost weekly. Recently an18-year-old moved onto the floor along with the first adolescent girl since I’ve been here. I’ve made a point now to try and meet all the new younger patients and talk to them about their injury and how to cope. When I first got here I talked with other patients who had been here for a while, it helped me to just talk with another person in the same shoes, and so I figure I should now repay the favor. Everyone’s injury is different and the two new patients are actually paraplegic but in the end we’re all dealing with similar struggles and could all use a helping hand.
With only about three weeks left I’m getting anxious to be home. It has really been almost 5 months since I’ve been home as I was only home for less than 12 hours before my injury. I can’t wait to see my house, my dogs, my family, and my friends again. However I’m a bit afraid of how I will react with the new perspective of being in a chair. I’ve heard from people here that the two hardest times dealing with your injury are the initial few weeks and when you ultimately return home. I know there will be a lot to adapt to but just as I’ve persevered here at the Shepherd Center I hope to do the same at home. The plan right now is to go home for a week and return to the Shepherd Center on the 30th of August for two weeks of day program and then return home again for two more weeks. I’ll repeat the same sequence come the beginning of October as the research study calls for me to be back at the center September and October 1st. After that I’ll be home for good only returning in November, February, and June for more research checkups. I hope to learn a lot about what I can’t do while I’m home and improve on those things during the day program.
As far as my progress goes I started doing my own bowel program, I continue to do all of my own ICs, and use the Hoyer lift much less often. Slide board transfers have become much more frequent and I have begun working on depression transfers as well . I have also started practicing putting on my shorts but it’s still a constant battle; in time I know I will get the hang of it. All of the different skills I have to learn are centered around my strength, endurance, and balance. Each day I improve on all three but I still have much to go. Recently it seems as though my body is caught up to me and I wake up much more sore and tired each morning, but for me this is a good sign, it means I’m actually working out, gaining strength, and progressing in the right direction. Hopefully with being home I will be able to rest a bit before returning again, but ultimately the therapy will never end and I will continue to improve well after I leave the Shepherd Center for good.
I should have my own copy of Dragon software soon so these posts will become even more frequent but at the moment I’m still writing in the assistive technologies lab. I hate to think that all of you wait anxiously each day to see a new post. Hopefully this one will feed your desire to know more about my progress. However, if any of you feel so inclined, you can always contact me on my cell phone for Facebook and check in with me. You may think that I’m bombarded with messages each day but in reality my inboxes remain quite dormant. Although that might change after this.
Like I said before I can thank everyone enough for all they’ve done and all the effort that people put forward to help me. Thank you.