This morning, the individuals that I referred to in yesterday's post stopped by Maia's room for a
Therapies today went pretty good. Maia's rental wheelchair arrived and we met with the owners of a company who will help create a wheelchair tailored to her needs. Not sure how much that is going to cost, but she does need to be safe and mobile. So while money is a concern, it can't be the only concern. As I mentioned yesterday, the days without therapy did take their toll and it will take a little time to gain back the ground she lost over the weekend.
Plan remains for discharge on Friday. It's daunting to say the least. I was looking at the various therapy goals which were set upon admission to rehab. We are so far from acheiving any of them. We're trying to get things in place for managing at home. I wonder how others do this. Any equipment we need to order will take approximately 4-5 weeks and we just have to make do during this time. Well, if we are improvising for that long - I would think that we would develop our own work arounds instead of spending money on equipment.
On a somewhat humorous note, we are going to try a new bowel program for Maia. It involves something called a cone enema. After receiving instruction on said process this morning, I decided I was up for the challenge this evening - in spite of the nurse offering assistance. While it was successful, I will just say that this procedure will likely need a little fine turning. And note to self, do NOT (I repeat do NOT) wear a white shirt while performing this procedure. Gloves (and quite possibly a rain coat or something to protect the front of one's clothing) are highly recommended. Truly, it was one of those moments when all I could do was laugh. America's Funniest Videos might have had a winner there, if people weren't totally grossed out.
Just a couple of responses to your comments from yesterday:
Pat - You echoed the words of my heart. Thank you for understanding! And if you lived closer, I'd take you up on those offers of assistance. But your prayers mean even more!!
Jacqueline - Thanks for understanding my anger. In some sense, I feel like my trust in health care providers has been horribly broken. The fact that these are colleagues/"peers" makes this an especially bitter pill to swallow. Oh... BTW - I did not receive your email. Would you try again, using the link on the blog?
Jill - You're right. God HAS walked every step of this journey with us and He certainly is not going to leave now. I was reading Maia's bedtime Bible story tonight which was about Joseph. It talked about the difficult things he faced and asked "Was Joseph happy? No, but God was with him and helped him." So it is with me. Am I happy to be in these circumstances? Nope, pretty sure NOT!! But God will be with us and He will help us.
And in keeping things in perspective, tonight I thought of my co-workers (former and current) Teresa and Crystal who have lost their sons in the past year. I'm sure that both would gladly trade places with me - just happy to have their children - even if their functional ability was different. There are others whose burdens are even greater than ours and I need to remember that when the path seems to difficult to navigate. God is walking that path with us and I need to focus on Him instead of my inability to see what tomorrow holds. He will bring beauty from ashes. Our sweet girl is here with us and I am thankful for her warrior spirit!