Today at the doctor's office, I noticed that he almost wasn't able to stand up. I didn't know what I was going to do. He's been having difficulty with this, but today I noticed how difficult it is-really hard to do on his own power. I help him as much as I can, but don't know how much longer. I think he is getting weaker in his legs. He has copd, emphysema, major heart issues. I think we will ask a doctor what to do about it. Today we went to get an X-ray to see if he had liquid in his left lung.
He, on the other hand, prefers to sit on his spot on the couch and try to grow roots. I, like Fanci, see the benefit of physical therapy and have been trying to encourage him to do this for months. He, too just did not want to or care. Then had him at the doc last week and talked about his general weakness. Doc asked him if he would rather be in a nursing home in a wheel chair and explained if he doesn't use it he will lose it. So, he finally agreed to in home PT which started yesterday. The therapist started with an evaluation which included walking like on a tightrope. Not a chance! This made him realize just how weak and unstable he is. So, he actually asked me to help with his exercises today. This is quite an accomplishment for him! He wants to remain in the home more than ever now, especially since placement would mean separating him from my Mom. And sisters are really pushing hard to place Mom! So, he has that added motivation.
To assist him in standing from a sitting position, it is helpful if the seat is not too low, use a cushion if necessary. Have him "skootch" (technical term) out to the edge of the chair as far as he can, put his feet under his knees and use the arms of the chair to push. There are youtube videos demonstrating. I know it is tempting to grab his hands and pull, but that is not advised. And you definitely don't want to hurt your back lifting him, so do some research about your body positions. Sorry about his decline.
If your husband doesn't have a terminal illness, he needs to understand that not being mobile will make it very difficult for him to stay where he is. Good luck to you, because you're the one who has to deal with it, I know. Hugs.