Walk Out The Door…

So.. 3 days after hospital discharge. Amanda took the opportunity of the peace and quiet to make napping an Olympic event over the weekend. This is good for brain recovery (for all of us actually), and made me realise how noisy and distracting her hospital room must have been. Even though she had a room […]

Home at last…

Amanda was finally discharged from Nelson Hospital at 1pm , Friday 26th May, one week short of 4 months in hospital. Although she didn’t actually leave until 1.30. The day before the ATR unit had a special admission. The former matron (Margaret) who herself set the unit up many years ago had a stroke while undergoing […]

Almost Home…

This week, in preparation for discharge this coming Friday, Amanda has been home twice with an occupational therapist so they can see how she handles everyday tasks and what equipment she might need. As a result they actually REMOVED the rail she uses to help herself get up off the bed! But we will need […]

Memory Discharge…

After leaving Amanda’s leg splint off at home the physio has agreed it can now stay off permanently. One of the things on her ‘wish list’ was to start showering standing up and that is now happening, at least at the hospital. On Wednesday she spent an hour making scones in the Occupational Therapy Kitchen which […]

Marmalade is the new jam…

Highlights this week have included an effective ‘all clear’ from the follow-up MRI scan which happened on Monday. They could find no cause; no tumours, lesions or aneurysms or anything to suggest it might ever happen again. So basically a spontaneous bleed. Amanda’s new glasses arrived at Specsavers 3 working days (as opposed to the […]

Eyes Right…

Sisters Sue & Liz are now on the first leg of their return journey to the UK after 12 days of visiting and helping hugely in Amanda’s recovery.     On both days at home this weekend she was able to make her own lunch and wanted to help with sorting out the washing and other tasks […]

…and drugs and rock 'n' roll…

Reading today’s news I realised Amanda was actually kept alive by the precise drugs which killed both Michael Jackson (Propofol) and Prince (Fentanyl). When she is feeling better I may get her to record a few disco tunes. You never know… Amanda’s care team were pleased her long weekend at home went so well. Her […]

Easter at home

Amanda has been at home for the Easter break & goes back to the Nelson Hospital Rehab Centre tomorrow (Tuesday). We have packed a lot into the last few days, thanks to assistance, catering skillz, teaching expertise and general sisterly support from Liz & Sue Saturday morning was Nelson Market followed by lunch @ the Riverside Cafe […]

Walk on by…

This week Amanda has continued to improve with her showering and dressing skills. I was able to bring her home for the day on both Saturday & Sunday. The hospital lent us a wheelchair but it stayed in the car the whole time. She was able to just use a stick to walk up and then […]

A short visit home…

Walking continues to improve. No more wheelchair, no more frame, just a stick and as much practice as possible each day.   The occupational therapist continues to be ‘amazed’ at her daily improvements in showering and dressing. The speech therapist is using the strength of the ‘strong’ side of Amanda’s brain ( the creative right side, […]