Thursday, July 16, 2009

Inching along

Steve is slowly, slowly getting a little better. It's hard to say if today is better than yesterday, but today is definitely better than last Thursday.

Yesterday and today, Steve spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon in his wheelchair. This is a huge victory, as he'd been spending about 23 hours a day in his bed until now. He spends a lot of energy sitting up and working (yes, he's still working when he can) and then requires a long afternoon nap.

He is still short of breath, but it's not as bad. He still needs breathing treatments, but not as often.

His ability to walk is still severely hampered. He uses his walker to move from the bedroom to the bathroom and back. There are many times when I need to physically pick up his left foot or bend and straighten his left knee.

We won't be able to address these physical needs until Steve's overall strength and health is better. That's OK -- we have patience to spare.


Cooper, Katie and I are reading the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder this summer. This afternoon we read I quote that struck me as important:
"There's no great loss without some small gain."
(from Little House on the Prairie)

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