Friday night. What a week this has been. Rob was scheduled to be released from Rusk on Tuesday, but his doctor, who was away on vacation last week, returned on Monday, and his assessment was that Rob could benefit from a few more days as an inpatient. For what it’s worth, I was in agreement…. anyway, his stay was extended until Friday — so he was discharged today. Each day was interesting as his therapists in OT and PT kept coming up with challenging tasks to push him further along. It looks like Rob may get a week or two more of PT as an outpatient. He also needs some more prosthesis tweaking before leaving NY.
Ryan, the prosthetist, has been amazing, working diligently to get the new prosthetic leg to fit just right. It is a C-leg — “C” stands for computerized. The settings are set specifically for Rob — as he progresses, the settings can be changed as necessary. It’s a very smart leg! For now, his residual limb is fluctuating in size, an expected occurrence during the first year after amputation, so that makes fitting the socket of the leg all the more difficult.
Jack arrived safely tonight — it’s absolutely wonderful to have him here with us for a few days. We plan to enjoy some NYC highlights while he’s here.
There have been many blessings this past week: Rob’s roommate was a true gem. We also met some other great folks while Rob was a patient at Rusk, and we even enjoyed a visit with a few of the nurses from the 16th floor, where Rob has stayed three times. On Wednesday, we met with Dr. Rosen (Rob got a pass from the hospital and was able to rearrange his PT schedule). Dr. Rosen went over the CD of Rob’s recent CT scan with us in his office. His assessment was that all seems fine, so he is releasing Rob to go back to Atlanta, where he will continue with follow-up scans every three months, sending the CDs of the scans to Dr. Rosen, who will keep a close eye on everything. It’s hard to believe that Rob is just about finished with this portion of his journey. God has certainly carried us through each and every day; so many details could only have worked out the way they did because of God’s divine intervention. Hindsight often imparts an even better view of these things, so I’ll probably keep discovering reasons to give thanks to God for his amazing provision for Rob and our family during these past several months.
Psalm 30: 11-12 You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance; you have taken away my sorrow and surrounded me with joy. So I will not be silent; I will sing praise to you. Lord, you are my God; I will give you thanks forever.