Walking to the pool

May 19, 2010

Indoor pools on a hot day in particular always feel steamier.  The automatic door holds just long enough to require a second press of the large handicap door opener.  I don’t know if there is a standard amount of time handicap doors stay open but it can reveal the sunken pace of  a person who has essentially relearned how to walk again. 

Walking to the car, from the car, in the building , through the door, into the room, to the chair…Walking.  What a deliberate series of actions and movements it takes to walk.  When done in a much slower motion, watching the sequence of movements gives me time to think about it. When my mother had her stroke, her walking again seemed so far off… the seriousness of her condition had everyone worried about survival.  The walking would come much later.

Stairs

May 6, 2010

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Each step takes us further…The image above was taken at the conclusion of an hour long water therapy excercise where Lety is exiting the pool by climbing the stairs.  There was a time when 2 nurses, 1 physical therapist, my brother and myself could barely help her sit upright in a hospital bed.  That day was nearly two months following her stroke.  We did not know how far she would come.  Lety first learned of this therapy while attending a local stroke support club meeting where Mark her therapist was presenting the value of water therapy.  She has been going ever since then on average one to twice weekly.  Her progress has been steady and this is something she looks forward too.