I was happy to spend the day with Eric today, it’s been a few days since I spend a whole day with him and I’ve missed him a lot. It looks like he’s not so depressed anymore, but knowing how TBI works, that could change tomorrow again. There are no rules or no set expectations, and you never know how the next hour, minute or day will look like for Eric. I would say that the most stressful time each day has always been the very second before I turn around the corner to enter Eric’s room to see him. What am I going to see today, and what issues or good news will today bring me? Today was a good day. I walked in when his SLP was working with him and she was very pleased; he pointed at most (not all) of the symbols she showed him. We’re down to the very basic for Eric to re-learn. We’re asking Eric to point at a picture of a green triangle for example, or a picture of a lamp. Talk about a long way to go to get where he was before the accident. But…our big life plans has changed. I do not expect us to start a family soon, moving to Sweden and start a new life, or changing careers as planned just a few months ago, and that is ok. We are still young and Eric can take whatever time he needs to recover and come back to the dogs and I.
I’m so happy to have Eric’s cousin work as his PT. It was just by a coincident that he started at the same place Eric happens to be at. Eric’s cousin is an experienced physical therapist and I don’t have to be worried about Eric not trusting him; they are good friends and go long way back. When his SLP or OP ask him to do stuff, Eric always looks at me first, and when I tell him it’s ok, he listens to them and do what they asked of him. It’s a new experience for me to have Eric actually look at me for assistance and approval before he does something. I like it and I hope he can continue on this path in the future too 😉