21 February 2020

02.21—At CRI

I spent the last three days in amazement at Henry's progress. He is able to transfer himself from and to his bed and to the commode. Yesterday he took a shower for the first time in four months. He is growing stronger quickly with each day. I noticed today how strong the left arm is becoming and his tolerance for pain is becoming stronger as well.

Yesterday he was fitted for a prosthetic leg and measured for a brace for his right foot; both will be ready for him within a week. The reason CRI is accelerating therapy is to make up for the lost two days this week before he was transferred and he will have physical therapy (and maybe occupational therapy) both days over the weekend. The OT focuses on the day to day tasks like showering and going to the toilet while the PT focuses on strength and includes things like the mechanics of movement and yoga. Everything is to prepare him for going home and being self sufficient. 

I am seeing so much progress that it is hard to describe in a few words. He's even gaining a little weight back and I can see that old spark in his eyes when he is delighted. I know he's tired of seeing me tear-up every time I see his progress but I am seeing the man I love fight back and gain his independence.

Be fierce and thrive...!

—Philip

2 comments:

  1. Henry, I follow your inspiring story with awe. You are a true example of how we might feel helpless but are not. You continue to do more than you could ever imagine using your incredible mind. May you never stop believing in yourself and may you forever use the power of your mind to create the future you want. As your dear Philip always says, "Be fierce and Thrive." Carrie Lynn

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  2. Just amazing, HenryJig is so very strong! And I just love his will to push past any obstacles! Keep pushing my friend...one of your biggest cheerleaders❤️

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