Andrew started the morning off with getting dressed and having some french toast for breakfast. The first group he attended was called hand group, during this hour he practiced working with poker chips and coins. The goal of this group exercise class is to strengthen his fingers and dexterity. After this class he had a little break and was able to go back to his room and put his feet up and take a rest. Next was functional skills group - Andrew taught a group how to play the card game GOLF. I think it may be a new favorite here on floor 7 - one of the gentlemen asked when they were going to play next!
After lunch the tough work started - he had physical therapy and occupational therapy. During physical therapy he was fitted to his new wheelchair (3rd attempt - they really want it to be the best fit it can be). While the therapist worked on adjusting and aligning the wheelchair, Kalli was taught different leg stretches and worked with Andrew. Immediately after physical therapy Andrew moved on to occupational therapy. During OT his wrists and fingers were assessed again and goals were discussed with the therapist. Some of the goals were to gain more strength in his fingers, work on balancing, and continue practicing his morning routine on his own (getting dressed, grooming). During therapy Andrew had neural muscular electrical stimulation (E-Stim). This sent a message to his neurons and resulted in his muscles moving and fingers bending.
By 3pm Andrew was done for the day but ready to play cards again! Friends came to visit so we played another few rounds of GOLF. We all had dinner together and visited. Andrew ended his night with a shower and a few phone calls to catch up with friends.