Mel Pachino's Journal
Written Mar 5, 2014 8:07pmOne of the therapists that worked with Mel in the early days at Kernan spotted him during his PT session this past Monday. Her delight as she approached him, and her exuberance as she exclaimed over his remarkable recovery thus far were profound. As Mel passes the 10 month mark post-accident, he continues to amaze. All the professionals consider his progress off the charts and that is a continual source of encouragement. The changes are more gradual and refined, yet Mel maintains his positive outlook and his determination to improve. He longs for full feeling to return and tries to remain patient and optimistic.
I have decided to write less frequently, for there is little new to report. Please do not take that to mean there is less for which to pray. Full recovery is still a fervent wish and goal. We are incredibly thankful to all who continue to daven (pray) for Mel's recovery and to Hashem (G-d) for answering so many of those prayers. Please, please continue.
Rosh Chodesh Adar (the new month of Adar) reminds us of our communal responsibilities, the need to look out for our fellow man. Thank you all for looking out for us during this challenging time in myriad ways. In your merit, may the upcoming Purim (holiday) be filled with achdut (unity, togetherness) and joy!
Written Feb 2, 2014 8:32amMel had another good week. His work in OT and PT was productive, grip strength and balance steadily improving.
The cold and frigid temperatures have been a challenge for all of us, but for many of us it can be a daunting, time consuming, frustrating task to put on sweaters, boots, gloves, hats, earmuffs, and the extra layers necessary. Gloves are a particular challenge, one I never gave much thought. I pull them on and get going, but not Mel. The mechanics of putting on gloves is actually quite involved. FIrst, the fingers must be gripped together in order to enter the opening of the glove which is held in the second hand. Next, the fingers must separate into five distinct sections of the glove. The fingers must then extend sufficiently into those five sections, and finally the other hand is used to pull the glove securely in place. Each step of this process can be painstaking involving using the free hand and fingers to aid in the separation and extension. Of course, the free hand has its own difficulties with this process including grip, finger agility and strength. We all do this with barely a thought. A further challenge is putting on the second glove using the assistance of an already gloved hand. Exhausting when we think about it.
On Friday night before leaving for shul (synagogue), Mel finally accomplished the putting on of his gloves without my assistance with relative efficiency! He was so pleased.
Mel has a great deal left to accomplish on this unexpected and often illuminating road to recovery. Please continue to daven (pray) for him.
By the way, Mel wants to go to Florida for a brief vacation. I wonder why!
Written Jan 26, 2014 8:36amIt was a week of arctic temperatures and snow accumulation that left roads and walkways icy and treacherous. We all needed to be extra careful to maintain our footing and Mel was no exception. Although, Mel was also undaunted by the circumstances. In fact, just the opposite. While I stayed in the warmth of our home, he braved the elements and challenged himself. He marched out on Tuesday shovel in hand as the snow reached about half of the expected height and shoveled for almost an hour. He did an excellent job. "It was a good workout," he told me after. More important than the snow details was the fact that Mel remained balanced and upright, his ankle work clearly successful. To top it off, his efforts made the second shoveling more manageable. On Wednesday after the snow had abated, he went out again to finish the job. I think a visual may help us to understand the extent of this development! (Mel shoveling)
On Shabbat (the Sabbath), Mel donned his coat, gloves and scarf and walked to shul (synagogue) once again braving the icy streets. I am sure Tasha, his Physical Therapist, will be quite annoyed when we speak to her on Monday and she asks about Mel's weekend adventures. However, nothing was going to stop Mel from attending shul (synagogue) this past Shabbat. It was the Bar Mitzvah day of his first student post accident, actually pre and post accident, because Mel started with Aaron prior to the accident and then miraculously resumed the lessons in September. Both Bar Mitzvah boy and teacher were superb!
Mel continues to amaze me and teach me. He is not letting anything slow him down.
Please continue to daven (pray) for Mel. He still has a long road ahead. Although he rarely complains, the nerve sensation is very slow returning and is a worry.