Good day-nothing much happened before the move. I got here at 10am and we just hung out fairly unbothered. We moved down to north floor 4 around 1 pm. the nurse checked his body over and noted where all the surgeries/slits are. She asked him a bunch of questions then we got him all adjusted. They got the fan brought down and his lunch brought down. He is in a shared room. Ick. With an old guy. Double ick. I haven’t talked to any dr.s yet, but the nurse said she thinks he will just be here to get him more independent and able to move him into a wheelchair-then it sounds like he will come home to heal more. That will be interesting. There is a code to get out of here. I guess there are a few patients with brain injuries and they don’t want them escaping. Lol so we’ve had a few rooms where its maximum security to get in and now its maximum security to get out. So funny. Since we are on the other side of the building there is a closer entrance-there is valet on 9th and 4 street and an entrance there.
Lots of people in and out asking questions. They didn’t get a report so they have to look through the whole chart to see what precautions they need to take before they can do anything. Misty from pt came in and talked to us. Asked some questions about our house and stairs and all. She said the goal here is to get him to be able to do transfers (moving to a wheelchair) alone, or with one helper(me) then he will come home for awhile. They are going to work with him to get him more comfortable with sitting up(using a reclining wheelchair) then we will make a home visit to explore and see what needs to happen there to make it possible to come home. She estimated 4-6 weeks that he will be here. Right now its against the rules to stay overnight but once he is closer to coming home she said they have a transitional area in the hospital where they will want me to come and be spending the nights so I get used to doing everything for him that he will need-and bringing the boys in so we can get used to me doing what he needs with the boys around too.
We aren’t doing any therapy today while we get him settled in, but tomorrow he will start. It’s really weird sharing a room. I’m not allowed to use the bathroom here. Pooey. It’s an interesting bathroom-shower toilet and sink all together and a slanted floor. I bet it makes it easier to help people shower with it just a big room.
Ew, the old guy just got his bum changed(privately) and it was stinky. gross. I don’t like sharing a room. That sucks.
Someone with a missionary tag came in and brought a flyer about church on Sunday.
OT came in and had him sit on the edge of the bed. They want me to bring in some clothes for him to start working on dressing himself.
His nurse came in and did a little orientation for me. They prefer visitors to come between 4pm and 8pm. He will be doing 3 hours of therapy throughout the day and it’s just easier if people aren’t here during that. (She said I’m ok to be here) Then they do showers at night. I’m really wishing he could have a private room, and maybe longer visiting hours. Kinda feeling like there would be a better rehab place, but I’m not sure what to do about that. Is it too late? How do I even research that? He probably isn’t that easy to move, so maybe we should just stay here and choose our own rehab when he goes back for the walking in a few months. I guess I really just don’t like the shared room. The nurse said that when they move to the new hospital all their rooms are private rooms, but that isn’t till the 29th I think she said. (the 29th of this month? really? that’s only 19days away, we will probably still be here then….hmmm…)
For some reason it’s been a hard day for me. It’s exciting that he is moving and healing, but I guess I’m just feeling out of control. I was really comfortable where we were-I knew how it all worked and what to do and where to go, and I’m not liking the newness. It’s all so unfamiliar, and I’m having a bit on anxiety about it all. A new entrance/exit, new therapies, new nurses, new rules. I like to know everything that is going on and why and I’m just feeling lost here. I’m sure that will get better, but for now it hasn’t been that great of a day for me. blegh. (I have no idea how to get out of here to the main entrance when I leave!) I wonder if Andy feels anything like I do. I think ‘this must be hard on him’ but he is a much different person than I am and maybe he doesn’t get stressed like I do…I hope. lol
Pictures of the Day:
His chest tube hole-looking good!
His stomach-it has steri strips on it.
Andy today. He was in a lot of pain when I was taking the picture and would NOT smile.
his shared room, old guy is out doing therapy.
We finally got that poster up!
A new tag-the old one was pinkish red and the scanners had a really hard time reading it.