More transitions for us as we moved from one apartment suite to another. We were quite spoiled by an accommodating staff and found things to be somewhat different at the new apartment. Not only were we given a different suite than was promised, Neil ended up changing the shower head to a hand held shower by himself since no one seemed to have the proper tools to do the job! We also had to have Mike’s adjustable bed moved from one apartment to the other and the crew moving the bed broke a wire so the bed would not work! Naturally this happened at 4:30 on Friday afternoon so nothing could be done until Monday morning. Fortunately Neil is also an “electrician” as well as a “plumber” so he was able to remedy the problem before Mike went to bed. Mike still hasn’t received some of his equipment including his custom wheelchair so we “patiently” await their arrival. Emotions seem to run close to the surface and it’s sometimes difficult not to let them overwhelm us at times.
Mike is still unable to wear a shoe on the foot with skin grafting. The pressure sore on his heel has healed(!) but there is one spot on the top of his foot that remains open. It is small but simply refuses to close up which means we have to be so careful with transfers, showers, etc. There is always the risk of infection and it is difficult to keep the foot protected. This is one part of his recovery that has been frustratingly slow.
Having shared some of our struggles, I must also add some of the highlights. Last week Grandpa took Mike out to explore the world of vehicle modifications! For the first time Mike seemed excited about getting a retrofit van and was eager to get started on the process. Because of the wrong fax number, the motor vehicle branch had not received Mike’s medical report until today (even though it had been sent 3 times!) so we should be able to set up his road test very quickly. Once Mike has passed the test, we’ll be on our way! It could still take months for everything to come together but it will mean much more independence for Mike.
Last night I was reading in bed before going to sleep. Mike came into the room, “hopped” onto the bed and we lay there talking just like we used to in the “olden” days. And just like we used to, we eventually had to kick Mike out because our mornings start much earlier than his! These are golden moments and I wouldn’t trade them for anything!