Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Okay, many of my sparkfriends are rehabbing now from injuries, surgeries, or have friends who recently had surgery and will be starting rehab soon.
As you may have previously read, I had a stroke at 21 and had to learn to walk, talk and use my right arm again. When the main Hospital was convinced I wasn't at risk for further complications, they moved me to a rehab facility. The next youngest patient at the time was a young man (57) who had experienced a heart attack.
My therapy schedule - 1 hour of speech a day, 1-2 hours of physical therapy (split am and pm), and about 45 min of occupational therapy with "homework" (ie, while watching TV in your room, (which is where I was supposed to be every hour I was not in therapy because I was a falling risk), squeeze this therapy ball in your right hand for 15-20 minutes).
I was bored... I've always been an over achiever... If 15-20 minutes is good, 2-3 hours must be great! Right?!?!?! (can u seen where this is going?)
Well, there was this fine finger agility test that they would time me on every day (in addition to numerous other activities - move all the pegs from board a to board b), and I never saw the results. Once a week the staff meets to review patient progress. When reviewing me, they couldn't understand what was happening, my speech was coming back nicely, my legs and balance were improving, but my fine finger agility was progressively getting worse and they didn't know why - it was a concern for the team...
So Neil, my OTherapist, came to visit me in my room to discuss if I had been doing my homework. I very happily replied that yes, in fact I'd been playing with the stress ball during most of my TV time... The look on his face... Well, turns out instead of giving my body a chance to rest and rehab, I was actually fatiguing the muscles!
I was kicked out that weekend and sent to out patient rehab at the local hospital until I was ready to go back to work....
Morale of the story: when in rehab, listen to your therapist. If you want to do more or modify the program, talk it over with them first - or at least keep them aware of what you are doing so they can accurately track your response to therapy!
Cheers to the most important workouts of a persons life!