It is the end of week 2 with an artificial aortic heart valve (my father’s) and its effects (on my father’s, my own and Karl’s quality of life).
My father is at a Long-Term Acute-Care Rehab Hospital North of Boston since Tuesday. He’s had mixed feelings this week about the therapy program there. The first two days indicated he would have PT and OT daily. That has happened, but not every day. One day he spent most of it getting blood from the adjacent hospital. This morning (Sunday) he expressed anger to the program person in charge that the therapy program promised was not happening. His words were, “I’m six days here, and I’ve received physical therapy one day?” This resulted in a physical therapy person showing up and providing a good therapy session.
Karl and I visited this afternoon for the weekly-scheduled Ice-Cream Social. It was a highlight of the week for sure for my father as well as us spending quality time with him.
Companioning my father through heart surgery & recovery has me writing more for practical purposes, personal therapy, and public education. The topics include: How’s Joe, How’s Mary, How’s Karl, Healing Trauma, and Cycles.
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,