Today Anna-Carin took another day off to try and relax and actually do something for herself. I was proud of her because she really did take care of herself today, even read a little of a good book. After yesterday I was happy to go see Eric, looking forward to it actually. We found out that last night Eric was able to get out of his safety vest that is zipped up in back and then ties under the bed. I have no idea how he did that nor do the night nurses but needless to say he was standing next to the bed when they found him. The staff deceided to move Eric’s room so that he is now directly across from the nurses station so he can be seen at all times.
Boy did he keep me busy today! Eric spent from 10am until 5:15 pm in the wheelchair. He wanted nothing to do with his bed or his room in general. Thank goodness for Amy; Eric’s nurse. She was great and always so calm. I can not believe how fortunate how we have been with the people helping Eric at the different facalities he has been.
Eric wheeled himself all around the hospital, he opened every door and looked in every room. At one point he told us he was thirsty by point to his mouth. That was awesome. Eric walked 96 feet (30 meters)! Yes, that is right 96 feet. The nurse measured it with a measuring tape. He had Amy, the nurse, on one side with his arm around her shoulders, another nurse on the other side just for simple support and Mom following behind with the wheelchair. He had walked about 60 feet and was getting tired but then I came around the corner and was told to stop. The nurse told Eric to walk to me. He looked up at me with those big blue eyes and just focused on me. I told him he would have to give me a hug when he reached me and he did, a big tight HUG! When I came back from lunch Eric was sitting in his wheelchair, with his legs up on the desk at the nurses station and a newspaper in his hand. Too funny. Of course he was not reading the paper but it was good to see.
Rob came back again today to visit with Eric. Thank goodness because he helped me get Eric out of the staff kitchen that Eric wanted to go into and not come out of. It is nice to see Eric’s friends visiting as he really responds to them.