Its been some time since I did an update on dad. I guess the reason why the frequency of my updates are becoming longer is due to the fact that he has stabilised quite a fair bit, and is now undergoing rehabilitation. Perhaps… let me start by saying thanks to everyone who have been praying and supporting me and my family through this ordeal. I think we’ve become stronger as a family as a result of this. My sincere thanks.
Dad has been transferred from Tan Tock Seng hospital (TTSH) to the Ang Mo Kio community hospital (AMKH) since the 2nd of May. His condition has stabilised since late April, and his head wound was healing very well. AMKH is vastly different from TTSH. Whereas TTSH is a surgical hospital, AMKH is a rehabilitation hospital. The environment and ambience of the place is alot quieter, cosier and more condusive for rehab. The therapy hours at AMKH is also much much longer, and the types of exercises dad is now put through are alot more specialised and catered to getting him ready for a normal lifestyle after hospital.
Dad is also getting acupuncture treatment now at the hospital on top of his daily therapy sessions, and he is now able to open and close his right hand, walk (slowly) by himself (of course with a little support), and also able to speak multiple one to two syllabic words. He is extremely lucid, and we now know for sure that he understands everything we say. He is also able to communicate through shorts words like yes, no, ok, no need, as well as through facail expression, nodding and shaking of his head, etc.
In all accounts, stupendous improvement since last April. We know through the hospital’s experience that the most improvments in stroke patients are within the immediate 6 months after the stroke, as the brain works hard to find new paths as the older paths were “cut-off” due to the stroke. So, it is our intention to help him get the best improvments within this next 5 to 6 months.
He knows that he will be in AMKH for the next 4 to 5 weeks for intensive theraphy as well as to wait for our new maid to come (We sent the maid back to the agency. Sigh.. thats another story for another day).
Today, I went to see him with Christine, and he was in very good spirits. He was downstairs with my bro and his family, just in front of the kids’ playground, and was eating prawn crackers. 🙂 This must be a much welcomed diversion from the qucky hospital food. By the way, he took the PAP news of the PAP return to power with a slight smirk on his face. Ha ha. He never did support the PAP.
Anyways, the bottom line is that dad is improving daily, and there is much to be hopeful for.