On Wednesday he went out of the house for the first time since coming home from in-patient therapy. My mom took him to Subway. It might sound boring, but for Dad it was a real treat! Yesterday they tested out his new transport wheel chair. It was a success!
Physical therapists and nurses are stopping by a few times each week to check on his progress and assign him new exercises as needed. The goal is to tone and strengthen leg, buttocks and core muscles in preparation for his prosthetic. Once he gets fitted for the prosthetic, he'll undergo rigorous out-patient psychical therapy and he'll rely heavily on those muscles to learn how to walk with the new piece of equipment.
Finally, I have to give a shout out to AmputeeOT. This incredible woman is vlogging about her journey with a missing limb and has become a true inspiration to my father. He watches her videos daily and says he learns more from Christina than any doctor or nurse he's spoken with. (Not to at all diminish the medical professionals who have helped care for my dad. They've all been outstanding! I think this is just one of those takes-one-to-know-one cases).
Depending upon how things progress, this may be my last update for awhile. We anticipate his routine for the next four to six weeks will be much of the same. If anything changes, I'll be sure to let you know!