Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 1114 - Jun 17, 2011

We had a good day today. We first had an appointment with the podiatrist at the VA hospital at 8:30 this morning. That meant that I haven't went to sleep yet. But anyway, Kevin had two ingrown toenails - one of them pretty bad. The doctor cut quite a bit of his toenail off on his big toe and just a corner of a middle toe and he thinks that should take care of the infection. Kevin's big toe is usually twice the size it should be and has been on and off for a year or so. I have been using peroxide to help it heal, but this was a necessary treatment.

We are hoping this is a one time thing, but due to the hemi-paresis it could keep happening.

After that, Kevin and I did some errands at the VA hospital and then he stayed there at rec therapy for a full 5 hours! They shoot air rifles every Friday and the therapist couldn't believe that Kevin was able to hit the bulls eye with a pistol on the first shot and all subsequent shots were in the same vicinity. With loss of half his vision, no less!

He wasn't able to do as well with the rifle, but that makes sense as he only has one arm.

I guess after that he and the therapist went to lunch in the cafeteria and shopping at the store at the hospital and then they played on the Wii.

I think it was Lisa D in Cali that mentioned the Tony Hawk Shred Game a while back? Well, I told the VA about it and they got it for him the other day. He had a blast with it! At this point, he holds onto the therapist for balance, but he was able to jump often at the correct times to ride the rails (or whatever the term is). He honestly had so much fun with it! Thanks so much, Lisa!

After that, we babysat Christian as Breezy had a work event this evening. We waited until dark and then we loaded the baby into one of those little umbrella strollers and the three of us went for a long walk around the development. Kevin pushed the stroller and he did very well. Christian adores being outside and it was the only time he wasn't fussing as he is teething right now.

Oh, and I dropped the scooter off too. There is a known battery issue with it so hopefully it gets fixed soon.


Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had so many positives today! :) Yeah for Kevin getting the bulls eye! Sounds like they had fun on the wii as well. I'm so happy that he was able to do something he loves! :)
Sounds like Christian has fun with you too!
Hope Kevin's foot is feeling better soon.
Take care,
Kathy in IA

Lisa D in Cali said...

YAY!! I am SO happy to hear that the game was fun for Kevin!! That is AWESOME! I don't think I'll stop smiling today!

Jessica said...

Wow, I'm so impressed with Kevin's accuracy and aim! I bet he must have felt so good about that bulls eye. He must have been having fun if he stayed for so long.

So glad you had a good day!

That's really frustrating that you're only qualifying as part time caregiver. Can you appeal? I wonder if the doctor who evaluated Kevin as able to care for himself was the same neuro who said he'll never improve. (insert rolling eyes)

Take care. You're all in my thoughts and prayers!