Dale Stetina's Journal
Good to be home!
Written Feb 28, 2014 3:55pmAs of yesterday, Dale is continuing his recovery at home!!!!! We are SO excited that this milestone has finally come!! One of his therapists from QLI flew out with him and has been here to help with the transition, which is such a blessing. Dale's sister-in-law, Barb, is also here for a bit to also get us all set up.
We are in the process of getting a schedule set up that will help Dale be successful at home. We are structuring his days around different therapies, physical activities, and other tasks. For now, he will need 24/7 supervision, although we will certainly be working towards more independence in baby steps.
Here are two links to some good news articles about his recent progress, and this milestone:
Thanks for all the love, everyone, and for celebrating Dale's homecoming with us:) The road is still long, ahead, however, and we look forward to the small improvements still to come.
February 18th update
Written Feb 18, 2014 6:18pm
Several neighbors showed up at my house Sunday with rags, cleaning supplies, and strong backs and proceeded to scour my house, which has been in pretty bad shape lately. They stayed several hours and what a wonderful difference! Thank you Risa, Nel, Terry and Sally. Also to Bruce, our neighborhood handyman, for once again fixing closet doors and broken lights. What a blessing. And just one example of the many ways that this community has supported me lately. Thank you all.
Dale is coming home February 27. QLI is really prepping us here at the house for his return – we are staying busy pursuing various potential ideas, contacts, organizations, and support networks. Finding a personal trainer who can work with his limitations and knows an athlete's body is our current pressing task. We all really want the transition to be as smooth as possible. He will require full-time care for now.
At QLI, he is busy prepping as well! He is tying out different activities and a routine designed to help him be more independent at home. New to his daily schedule is Tai Chi, which is difficult at times but doable with his still-spastic leg. Daughter Claire, a yoga instructor, is pushing yoga as a therapy. He rides the trainer daily, works in the bike maintenance shop, practices with his voice activation software, and has been enjoying the Olympics. He was a short track speed skater so watching that displine has been exciting for him.
I am posting a pic of Dale vacuuming (sorry for the poor quality of the pic). But I hardly ever saw him do this at home so am wondering how QLI coaxed him into it? I'm hoping he’ll take to it – got a bit spoiled by the neighbors so he’d better step up!
-Anne and Kate
Written Feb 6, 2014 8:36pm
Very quick trip and lots of info to take in while I was there. Dale is very happy and pleased with his therapies and we’re very pleased with his progress. The eye doctor confirmed damage to his right eye is severe; it remains crossed and probably won’t correct itself. Surgery to help that eye won’t be considered until one year post accident. The good news is the left eye abducts a bit more and his vision remains stable in that eye. Dale is adapting well to low vision and we’ll continue to research available technology to help him remain as active as possible. He has starting jogging on the treadmill but continued problems with his right leg makes his balance a bit unsteady. Curiously, he seems to do better when he goes faster – at slower speeds the leg acts up more.
His release date is February 27th so we’re busy anticipating his needs here at home and starting to set up a support system to help him (and us) manage his care. We are going to keep him busy but allow plenty of time for naps. Sleep is very important for a TBI patient so we’ll plan his therapies and other activities around rest times.
Your encouragement is greatly appreciated and we continue to thank you for following our journey