Continuing saga of the patient lift, etc.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The new lift to transfer my husband is working out very well--after a week of asking professionals how to adjust it.
His physical therapist was delighted today because it will actually help his whole body stay stronger. She wants him to always attempt to draw himself up as much as possible when using it and even (
) use it 2 extra times a day just to be in a standing position. (That means I am the one hooking him into it and maneuvering him).
He cannot hold his own weight at all. Like you in a chair , you can pull yourself up and be straighter even if the chair supports you.
We also had a doctor's appointment and the doctor is supportive of the things I needed 'prescriptions " for. He is a wonderful doctor. He just does not know what we need so I have to research that first--soon, hopefully, with the nurse that visits the house next week. I asked him for the nurse. Without me even knowing we need a nurse, all this would not be happening.
So, the saga continues. Yes, I am a bit sick of this taking up all my time--for years. But what-are-ya-gonna-do? having him in a 'home' would not be easier. Someone still has to monitor what the 'home' is doing. A friend had her husband there temporarily and his weight went down to 103 lbs. And he is tall.
Everyone says I should 'place' him. Really, that won't solves my problems.
I do love him. And he is funny. he sings me his invented songs, etc. etc. He often plays the songs of the 60's and that fills my day with music. I never seem to have the time to turn on the music.
through our marriage, I left his health habits up to him. Maybe that was not such a good idea.