April 19, 2021 You Watch Out for the Doctor
As per usual at Regency, things were a bit slow for Hammar over the weekend. No therapy, so he spent hours dreaming up ways to get up and go. His mind is ready and determined. Saturday, Julie spent the visiting hours with him. He asked the nurse for a checklist of discharge requirements "because, no offense, I'd like to leave now, he said. They seemed to have a nice visit for a quiet Saturday. He was talking to her later in the day about being on Jury Duty. Julie thought he might have been confused if he had been watch the trial on TV or something. I shared with her that he really did have jury duty a few weeks before his accident! I was impressed he remembered that. As he was getting tired, Julie thought he might have been fighting sleep because she was there so she pretended to close her eyes to help him settle in. At one point, she opened her eyes and saw him looking at her. He asked her if she needed a pillow. 😍
I took the day off on Saturday to attend this really incredible event put on in Hammar's honor on Lake Minnetonka. Several of Brian's fellow fishing guides (hosted by Larry, Kurt and Trevor) organized "Hammar's Crappie Benefit"! The whole thing took my breath away. The turn out for Hammar was just the most wonderful thing. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this, it was really the most special thing to us. I asked Hammar what he wanted to say to everyone if he could. What his messaged back was -while I might be down now, "I will be back before too long. Sorry I cannot be there and I miss all of you guys." Wesley won one of the raffle prizes and got a guide trip courtesy of Larry Hanson! He told me that night that he wanted to wait until later this summer so Brian could go.
Sunday was again a pretty quiet day. Hammar again wanted PT/OT to drop by and I had to remind him several times it doesn't happen on the weekends. I really wished I could have just gotten someone to help me at least stand him up. Anyways, his mind just kept right on scheming. Often times he thinks he's nearby to South Dakota. He called and texted some people again who live in Brookings to continue his plan to pick him up at 6 PM that night. Telling me "well, they are damn close!"😀 My job was to keep watch for the doctor. He must have realized that 6 PM was when visiting hours were over and thought that was when all the nurses and doctors left for the day too. Somewhere in his time there, he realized that his bed has a remote controller to move it. He asked me for it on Sunday afternoon. I gave it to him to see what he would do and soon he was sitting almost straight up and lowering his feet. He told me this was the best angle to stand up and use the bathroom. I was tripping over myself to get his bed situation in check! I was able to wrestle the remote away from him noting that I won't ever be putting that in his clutches again. I showed him the picture I took of his broken bones in hopes of helping him understand why he couldn't just get up and use the bathroom quite yet or even stand up and walk as easy as his mind feels. He seemed to understand and let that sink in again. He then promised me before I left that he wouldn't get out of bed when I left in the evening. Something told me that he had his fingers crossed, though.
Monday's cannot roll around fast enough when you're a patient looking to get stronger at Regency. Hammar had PT/OT in the afternoon... finally! He is still getting stronger and better over the past three sessions- Consecutive or not. To compare Friday, his last session, he walked about a total of 60 feet ( two jaunts of 30 ft.) Today he walked a total of 130 feet! His rate rate went up a bit when he rested half-way, but his pulse oxygen level was good in the mid-90s. Today he had his shoes on and his steps were wider and more purposeful. No need to help assistant his left foot and each step was past the other foot. He is wobbly so still getting support for his team. The walker on the right side was introduced so he did half of that today. When he got back to the chair afterwards he mentioned he would have done a better job, but the people on both sides of him were holding him back and he was afraid of stepping on their toes.
Aside from his therapy, really the only thing Hammar needs to focus on is his nutrition. We would like him to get that feeding tube out to give him more options for a transitional care facility. He really doesn't seem interested in his food trays (I can't imagine why when he is his food selections are classified at "minced and moist" 😝) , but when reminded he eats some. We want him to show that he eats at least half of the food he gets. He has been consuming about 30%, but 50% with a lot of urging and reminders about the goal. I asked the dietician, Lexie, today if she could try turning down his tube feeding volume to see if that might enhance any hunger. She agreed and will also offer him some ensure drinks by mouth to help too.
Later this week: Appointment at ENT for his mouth metal arch removal on Wednesday! Friday, he will be having the CT Myelogram to check for the nerves along his spine and brachial plexus. 🙏
Thank you for ALL of your love, support and prayers. Brian has come a long way in the six weeks after his accident. With each day, he heals and he gets closer to being back to himself again.
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- Mary DronenThings are really lookin up! Prayers continue however.4/21/21
- Erin O’BrienI love to hear how determined Hammar continues to be Becky. The bed remote story is absolutely hilarious. I'm guessing it was a little less funny at the time..... when you were diving across the room to stop him from getting out of the bed. He continues to be creative with his ideas to get up/out and about. :) I'm sure it's sometimes hard to hear him asking and asking about going home. You are doing such a great job supporting his questions, and keeping him motivated Becky. I'm so glad the crew had such a beautiful day for the fishing tournament. The pics you took of the boys are darling! We all look forward to hearing how the next appointments go and I'm betting the feeding tube adjustments will have him eating more too. Keep on truckin! Hugs, Erin4/21/21
- amy kromerHow awesome of his fishing cronies to put on an event, & wonderful that so many showed up to honor Hammar & your family(& not surprising, everyone is pulling for Brian to have a full recovery)! Just love his sense of humor & his will to scheme his way out of there...just shows his grit & determination! Praying for continued progress & healing this week, & for the appointments to go well!🙏 🤞🙏4/20/21
- Judy SelldenKeep up the good work Brian and Becky4/20/21
- Erin (Asplund) NorgrenThis post made me chuckle! Way to go Brian keep up the good hard work and in no time they will send you home( no scheming required)😉 Prayers for good news this week🙏🏻4/20/21
- Ruth TedrickI’m still very impressed with his progress and love his sense of humor. So nice that your friends and family had that wonderful benefit. I’m sure the kids were so proud to be there in honor of their dad. Prayers continue for all n4/20/21
- Judy GettmanHe has the determination to accomplish anything. He just doesn't understand the importance of healing first. You are doing a great job on reminding him of that. Continuing sending hugs and strength for you as you continue on this journey.4/20/21
- Kenya JahnkeWay to go Brian -what amazing progress! It might not be fast enough for him but wow - he’s doing awesome! Wahoo! Continuing to send prayers and positive healthy vibes. 😊🙏🏻4/20/21
- Jennifer HenkeGreat progress! As a PT, I appreciate when someone has the will and drive to move. I think he is just going to start going!! 30 to 130 feet is amazing progress! Soon he will be doing laps around the unit! Can’t wait to hear what he is doing by Friday! Keep it up Hammar:) We were sad to have missed the benefit in honor of Hammar—so glad to hear about the big turnout!4/20/21