Tuesday, December 23, 2014
We were able to get most of our schoolwork done today before I headed out to meet dad at the doctor's office. Dad was having worse back pain and I'm sure all the therapy is aggravating it along with the therapists just not listening to him when he says, "that hurts." The doctor agreed it was time for him to see a back specialist and look at injections. That probably won't happen until after the holidays, but long-term this is a good decision. We are all concerned dad will fall again.
Once home from that I worked on laundry and email/spark and was getting ready to sit and read (Unheard of for me, right?) when the phone rang and it was dad calling. I knew he was in pain if he phoned. He couldn't get a nurse on the phone with me so we packed everyone up and headed to rehab to make sure things were handled properly. The head nurse was busy writing up the instructions for therapy and actually sent it to the supervisor because she was beginning to feel they weren't listening to dad appropriately and instructed them to do the minimum time tomorrow (15 min. is required by Medicare) and to make sure it was not something that would irritate his back. He will then have no therapy until Friday and they plan to regulate his pain med again for a couple of days while he rests that back.
We did find out they had discharge approval in his file for the 30th (yeah!) but it hinges on dad being able to transition himself from sitting to standing. He's now 100% weight bearing so that will help a lot. His walker also was delivered while we were there.
Tim's plan was to have the shelves pretty much finished today, but his day was a bit derailed too with work and rehab, but he did get them hung and can now work on the middle section that can also work as a tv space.
We have been discussing what to do in a couple other areas too. More shelves, sliding interior doors, drawers under the stairway and then a second pantry area. Fun!
Tomorrow... trainer time at the gym, baking for Santa's arrival and for Jesus' birthday party, and the Christmas Eve service. Can't believe it is already Christmas Eve!!!