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Dad Will Be Coming Out Of The ARC On Monday

Dad was admitted into the ARC (a rehabilitation centre) after his leg amputation way back on the 5th March 2015. Since then he reckons the physiotherapists have seen him 3 times. Considering that's what he's supposed to be in there for is quite unbelievable really..but anyway, he's a lot better now than when he went in, especially when it comes to eating.

On Friday morning his new wheelchair (finally) arrived. This is why his time has over-run by a couple of weeks as he couldn't be discharged until this chair came. The reason why he's been discharged on Monday is due to the fact it will take him over the weekend to get used to this new chair. Mum said it looks like a newer version of the one he had from the hospital and it SHOULD be a tad narrower so he can get around the house better..hopefully.

Mum told me to hang fire until the day after the Election to come and see them as next week is a big week so far as Dad, physiotherapists, travelling to Preston and getting used to being back home. She said (in a nice way) that I'd be in the way somewhat so I shall stay here in Carlisle so I can vote on 7th May, then the following day (which will be a Friday) I shall go and visit then.

I only hope Dad will like his new bed. Mum said she felt like getting in it herself the other night, it looks so good all made up with the new bedding and pillows.

I am made up Dad is coming's about time!

At the back of the house there's a little wooden box screwed into the wall that houses the back door key. The keypad entry enables Mum (or others armed with the 4-figure code) to get into the house. In future this will be brilliant as Mum won't necessarily have to be in the house whenever a District Nurse comes round to see to Dad. No-one has to see him yet but will do once his cancer gets worse. We are praying his 'good leg' doesn't get any worse pain-wise as well and he is currently taking painkillers for that.

No doubt he is looking forward to using Teletext on his telly for his horse-racing results!

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MelissaE wrote on April 25, 2015, 2:31 PM

Bless you and your mother. She must be a saint. Prayers and good karma for your dad.

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 25, 2015, 3:09 PM

I am glad your dad is getting to come home finally. Still thinking of you and him

scheng1 wrote on April 26, 2015, 12:48 AM

I am sure he will be glad to get home too. I wonder if you have renovated the house or at least the bathroom to accommodate his condition.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 26, 2015, 2:21 AM

I am glad to learn that your Dad will come home.There is nothing like being at home though he was well attended by doctors in the hospital .At least he can watches his horse-racing on telly ,which takes his mind off what has happened to him for a while .

Janey1966 wrote on April 26, 2015, 2:27 PM

Thank you so much. I shall be visiting them myself in a few days and I hope my Dad will be settled back into his normal routine by then.

Janey1966 wrote on April 26, 2015, 2:29 PM

Thank you. Mum is worried about Dad deteriorating but I just told her on the phone that it really cannot get as bad as the couple of weeks or so before he went into hospital on the 9th February..when he was in so much pain with the leg that was - subsequently - really can't. Just take one day at a time, that's the only way.

Janey1966 wrote on April 26, 2015, 2:32 PM

Yes, there are a few changes. There is a swinging seat he can sit on that swings across the bath so he can shower..that will have to be tested to see if it's feasible. My brother has constructed a concrete ramp at the front so there is no kerb for the wheelchair to go over, it's now leveled off. Dad will wear a wristband with a button on it to press and it is connected to carers who would come round immediately if he ever got into difficulties or had a fall, etc. It's all good!

Janey1966 wrote on April 26, 2015, 2:35 PM

Yes, he will also be wearing a special wristband with a button on it. He can press this if he ever gets into difficulties (say, in the shower) if Mum happens to be out or if he falls. He's never fallen (well, he did once in the ARC when he'd forgotten he only had one leg when he swung round to get out of bed) so, hopefully, he won't when he gets home either. There have been a few modifications around the house, plus my brother has constructed a ramp for him at the front for the wheelchair, so there have been positive improvements regarding his future care since he was admitted into hospital on the 9th February. I shall keep you updated.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 27, 2015, 2:47 AM

I don't know what this wristband is like and how it works.I suppose it will take him some time to get used to the life with one leg .Hope everything will go better than you have thought of.