Thursday, April 26, 2012
I arrived in Lincoln this evening to find Alison resting comfortably in her new room in the skilled nursing facility of Madonna called the Transitional Care Unit (TCU). It's nice that she's still under the same roof as she was before and has access to all the things that make Madonna Rehab Hospital a good place to recover. I was under the impression that since she was moving to a lower level of care, that she would have less therapy per day. But her schedule for tomorrow shows just as much therapy (2.5 hours) as she was receiving in LTACH. That's fantastic! There were good reports from her brother and his wife, who returned to KC earlier today. They said she was tracking with her eyes pretty well with one of the therapists, so that's really good. And she's continuing to push the button with her foot to communicate a "no" response to us. I haven't seen it in action yet, but just talking with her about it got her pretty excited. I can't imagine how desperate she is to communicate again - especially knowing how aware she is of all that's going on around her. But she does seem like she's doing good tonight. She looks comfortable, her roommate was quiet, we had a couple good laughs and her nurses seem really nice. They did confirm that they've reserved a private room for her to move into on Saturday, so that'll be good. : ) So all is well tonight in Lincoln. We'll have a full day of therapies tomorrow, so I'm hopeful to have more good news of progress to report. Thanks for all of your continued support.