After the TEAM did my assessment, lunch was the next thing on my agenda. The Occupational therapist had a walker for me.
Off we headed to the Day Room for lunch.
This was to be my first long-range excursion, up to now just short trips to the “john” with help.
A few steps down the hall and–a Wardrobe Malfunction! My pants started to Fall Down! I don’t know if you have ever used a walker? When your right hand and your right leg are not working properly things get complicated.
Try holding up one’s pants while going down the hall hanging onto the walker for dear life—doesn’t work too well!
You really have to picture this in your mind: Here I am with my walker, going down the hall with my physiotherapist hanging onto the back of my pants so I wouldn’t lose them.
Let me explain a bit more so you can see my dilemma.
I never have been great at keeping up a pair of pants without a belt or suspenders, (no assets/caboose to hold things up). GF Strong suggested I wear was sweatpants or gym gear. I was wearing a pair of knee length shorts that I used to go to the gym with. The only problem was, it had a waist rope tie that didn’t work too well… are you getting the picture? A few steps down the hall, I was soon to be looking like one of those rappers who had his pants down around his ankles.
Now that I look back at it, this was really funny- that day, not so much!
Have you ever had to eat lunch with somebody watching to make sure you could swallow each bite properly. That’s annoying. This is the speech therapist’s job when you are admitted to GF Strong.
After a stroke one of the things they have to be very careful of is that you don’t choke on your food; throwing up and then aspirating it back into your lungs. This can cause pneumonia really fast.
The Day Room is where you have lunch for at least the first three weeks. Not much talking was allowed so people would concentrate on their eating and not get distracted. For a person like me that enjoys a great conversation this was very hard to take. There were nurses on duty at all times while lunch or supper was going on.
The only change in routine was breakfast, which we ate in our room.
Graduating to being able to eat in the cafeteria would become a big milestone.
Whoops almost forgot to say thanks to Brett Kendrick @Nurse Next Door Richmond for his help in supplying the walker for photo in this post . (here is a link to his web site )