Climbing the stairs.

Thursday night.  Rob has now been through three days of inpatient rehab at Rusk.  After being admitted on Monday, he was given evaluations on Tuesday and then began both PT and OT, several hours of hard work each day.  He’s also been signed up each day for horticulture class, which he has summarily chosen not to attend — other than his lack of cooperation with that, he’s been a model patient!

Today Jim and I got down to Rusk early (9 am) to watch Rob in his 1st PT class for the day.  Today’s plan was for Rob to walk over to the small nearby market to make a few grocery purchases (basically pushing his capabilities, and showing him that he can do these things independently, walking on his prosthesis).  It was a beautiful sunny morning, so he walked across the street to the market with his physical therapist, and they simply humored us tagging along.  After returning to the PT room, he continued to practice walking, and he also practiced in the stairwell, walking up and down stairs, over and over — it made me tired just watching him.  While for most of us, I’d say that going up the stairs is the more difficult task, it appeared that coming down the stairs for Rob on his new prosthesis is, if not more challenging, at least more dangerous!  It will just take diligence and practice, and that is what he’s doing daily for now.

It’s looking like Rob will stay at Rusk until Tuesday.  There is just no substitute for being open to good advice and instruction, and I’m so thankful that Rob is that, as he receives the help of so many well-trained and knowledgeable folks.  As much progress as he’s made in three days, I can hardly imagine how much further along he’ll be by Tuesday!

Excerpts from Proverbs 11 – 14 Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.  25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.  28 A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.


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