Today was a busy day for Jason, with it starting out with me coming over to finish up the packing of things in his room, so that we'll be ready for the move to the 4th floor next week. We ended up with a bunch of boxes of stuff that he has accumulated over the past 5+ months, and we had it shipped out to California so he won't have to deal with shipping more stuff later on. After the packing was done he wanted to get out on his cart. He is getting more confident in being able to move around, going from his bed to the cart, and that is a big step for him. It shows that he is more confident with his balance, and in his ability to move himself. I think he would have liked to have gotten several laps of the floor, and he did do four laps, but the challenge is that for some reason today was especially busy with people, and they all seemed to want to hang around in the hall ways. Okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but the hallways did have more people than usual. With more people one tends to get more "opportunity" to socialize and that slows one down when one is out to make laps. (Yeah, Jason is "one" in that last sentence). Anyway, once he was done with that he headed back to his room where he rested a bit, and then ate lunch.
He wanted to rest because he knew he was going to have to get back to his chair and head down to the PT gym, where MJ was waiting for him. Again they wanted to work on his balance as coordination, as well as strengthening of his arms while reaching. He is able to do some "walking" while on the mat, and that was a pretty big thing. He didn't go too far, but it was a first and I'm not sure who was more excited about it, as a few of us were cheering and Jason was smiling. They had him doing some extended arm exercises that were meant to do a few things, such as build a little strength; help with his balance; and development of his confidence while being in an upright position. When he was done he headed back to his room where he got back in bed and slept for a couple of hours.
There weren't too many visitors today, and that's probably a good thing. As much as he was out today, he wouldn't have had a bunch of time to spend with too many visitors. Of course the flip side of that is that while he was out people came by and he wasn't around to see them. Tomorrow is going to be another busy day for Jason, though I don't know if it will be as busy as today. When I did leave his room tonight, he was asleep, and resting well, and he deserved it. A little earlier in the evening he was dealing with some pain issues, and the nurses worked to get it under control, and I also think their efforts contributed to his sleeping so restfully.
Thank you, all for your continued support and for keeping all the Wounded Warriors in your prayers.