Journal entry by John & Michele Maloney

We're home! It feels so good to be back! We left New Jersey Wednesday afternoon for our new temporary home, a nearby handicapped accessible apartment, where we plan to stay for the next few months while Ryan recovers. It's perfect--open, all on one floor, and plenty of room.  We've had quite a bit of "together time" over the past couple of months, sharing a small room in the rehab center, so I'm sure Ryan is very appreciative of his own space! The move has been a bit of a whirlwind between unpacking, organizing, managing meds, and setting up equipment.  It was a godsend that our friends moved the furniture & set up the kitchen in advance for us-- one less big thing we had to worry about!

Ryan had his first PT & OT session on Friday and he likes both of his therapists. It's definitely a change from Kessler where he received three hours of therapy five days a week. He's currently only scheduled for two hours of therapy at Strong two days/week, so we're doing as much walking and strengthening as we can at home while we try to figure out what else we need to do to supplement his program. He's come so far from when he moved his toes a month ago! Two weeks ago he had to be assisted by three PTs to take steps behind the walker, now he can use the walker on his own (we follow behind him with the wheelchair) to get from room to room.  He is also able to hold onto a railing and go up a few steps at a time! His progress is remarkable. Then again, he's working at it non-stop! At 11:00 when we can't see straight, Ryan's still asking, "Anyone want to walk with me?"

His online classes have begun, so that will occupy some time as well. Of course there's no doubt he'd rather be back at school, but so far it's not too bad living with mom & dad (it's early!). Days are busy and focused on rehab, recovery, and weight gain (he's lost over 30 pounds). I'm sure that over the next couple of weeks we'll establish our routine, our new normal. We're not nurses or PTs, this is all new to us. We're just taking it day by day and doing the best we can!  
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