Posted on September 4, 2013
The latest update from Dreux and Dain. Nothing, but truth and love.
On: Days, Nights, and Time Spent
Fully immersed in the rehabilitation process for just shy of two weeks now, it's been a wonder to watch Dain's recovery.
Rather than wax poetical about all of his hard work, I'd prefer to give you a brief "highlight reel" as it were.
Best New Equipment: The Power Wheelchair
What a marvel of modern technology! It tilts back at a 45 degree angle (important for him to do periodically), the 'legs' kick out into a Barcalounger position, it's fast, it has a suspension system...the thing is damn sweet. Oh, and it's comfortable for him. That's kinda important.
Best Quote of the last week: "I could definitely outrun a serial killer in this thing." - spoken over his left shoulder as he burned out down a hallway during his 'driving test'. Unlike his automobile test back in the day, he passed this one on his first try.
Worst Day of Weather: None. If I didn't know better, and you asked me about the weather during our time here, I would paraphrase an old Toni Tone Tony song and say "It never rains in North Western Washington." But it probably wouldn't be a #1 hit.
Old Abilities Re-learned: This has been one of the coolest things to watch. It's cliche to say that we take little things for granted. I think almost everything we do on a daily basis we assume is a given. One of our greatest lessons has been that there is SO much Dain can still do, it's just a matter of learning to do things differently. Brushing his teeth, using a knife, fork and spoon, putting on a t-shirt, checking his email and phone messages ...even drinking a cup of water. These are the moments where you can see his tremendous focus, strength,and resolve. And sometimes frustration. But as we said/laughed about last night, he's only 2 weeks from having part of his spine removed...so, yeah. He's incredible.
"Thank You Jesus" moment: There are a lot, but one we get enjoyment out of everyday is that he has no dietary restrictions. His expression during his first bites of bacon was priceless. Last night we snacked on pork belly mac and cheese. Cookie consumption has slowed (we couldn't keep up our initial pace forever), but whole milk consumption has not.
Quintessential Seattle Moment: I've really stepped my espresso game up the last few weeks. While it's emerged slowly over the years (once upon a time I drank Mocha Breve's. Whew.) Dain turned me on to Macchiato's recently, and it's increased my Seattle Street Cred to new levels....as well as my heart rate, blood pressure, and general excitability. 3 times a day.
Old Habits Don't Die, They Re-Animate: If we're not sleeping or late-night snacking, we're up watching scary movies (see above quote). Sometimes we do all at once. It's amazing.
Biggest Smile: The day he first began to learn how to use a computer again. We all can agree DC has been a Facebook "trendsetter" over the years...and his desire to see his messages and learn communicate with you all again is enormous. Two days ago he started to sift through his mountain of well-wishes and new friend requests, and I could have used a pair of sunglasses (in Seattle, right?) he was beaming so much.
Thank you for that.
Projected Departure: Right now, our goal is to complete in-patient rehab sometime in late September, barring any setbacks. But this is a book with many chapters. We hope to continue intensive out-patient therapy for the next 12-16 months...the window in which we'll see the most gains and improvements from this severe injury.
It's not a race or a marathon. Just a new journey down a road not often travelled. So stay with us, as companionship is often an Explorer's best resource.
Love to all from our hospital on the hill,
D and D