Yesterday, the arm therapist, got my dad to move his left arm on his own, with no assistance. I was so happy I filmed it.
Later, the leg therapist and myself, walked him. Which was a work out.
Today, I decided to try something new. I needed items from the store, so I wheeled him out to the F250. He grabbed the door handle and pulled himself up. I held the gate belt, and made the left leg go where it needed to go, and up he went into the truck.
It was even easier getting him out.
My Uncle and I thought getting in and out of the truck was going to be an impossible feat, but it turned out to be easier to get him in the truck than getting him in and out of my uncle's car.
This put Dad on a high. When we got home, he was rolling all over the house...like he had a sudden case of ADD. I was thinking to myself "Serenity Now!"
So, now, instead of being homebound, we are gonna look into doing outpatient rehab. This will give me 2 hrs every other day of respite, though I haven't any idea what I can do. Ideas at this point are a helpful thing. I done thought about reading and napping. I should probably see if there is a caregiver support group that could be available around that time...dont know though.
I'm not the shopper type, and people watching at wal-mart should be a last resort.