Thursday, March 26, 2009

Discharge pending....

It's been a long, long seven weeks for our family as my husband remained in the hospital as an in-patient for the duration of those weeks. Just got word from him he is being formally discharged "for sure" tomorrow! The term for such a respiratory rehabilitation program is "GRADUATION" folks, and gives us great reason to sound off the fireworks and fill the air with good cheer. Yahooey!

As with all good things, there are conditions pending for this formal discharge to happen however, yes promises made and promises to keep. My husband must return at least twice weekly to continue with the physiotherapy portion of the course because the medical staff feel he is not yet ready to be totally independent of them just yet. He's made good strides the past two weeks, though requires much more walking and treadmill work. Since we have a treadmill at home and have had for a few years now, along with various necessary exercise equipment to assist in the continuation of his commitment at home in between, this is the sole exception for his discharge at this time. Our exercise room is ready. He just needs to come home now...

Tomorrow, his suitcase comes through the door with dirty laundry one last time. The residuals of this program however remain for a lifetime. The disciplines necessary to continue with some form of basic health and wellness will never end after graduation, as monthly assessments and yearly 3-6 week tuneups living back in hospital will now become part of our family's lifestyle.

Indeed he has come a long, long way though! And with some physical strength gathered and the education particulars so he can learn to cope and adjust to life while living with his continuing degenerative lung disease, we are so thankful for the hospital and staff who all made this whole experience possible.

When we moved three months ago, we adopted a new Bible verse, though we will certainly keep Jeremiah 29:11 always. Now, after our move just three months ago, we are trusting in this promise below...

Our family's new verse is;

Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified;

do not be discouraged,

for the Lord your God will be with you

wherever you go.

~ Joshua 1:9-10