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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Shuttle Bus...good? Bad? Not sure...

The Darlings have had another great day! :) Mr. Darling hasn’t had a nap in two days, and then had a pretty busy morning/afternoon, so at the current moment, he’s snoozing!

His morning started with me waking him up at 7:30. I think the night owl in him has come back hard core, which means he wants to stay up really late and then sleep in late. We had an appointment this morning at 9am, so he wasn’t going to be able to sleep for too long. When I nudged him a little to wake up he replied with a muffled sounding groan…poor guy. It took him a long time to make it out of the bed and to the table to eat some cereal. I had a plate with fruit for him also, and I think that’s what finally helped him along. He was less confused this morning about everything, which was a blessing!

Our 9am appointment was a lady from Rehab without Walls. She came just to do paperwork and find out about where Cale is at right now. One of the question sheets she had for him, she had a separate one for me to fill out with the same questions. I’m so thankful that they had one for me because as I was listening to Cale’s answers, I was thinking about how confused they would be. They asked questions like, are you able to initiate tasks and finish tasks without cues? Cale answered yes. Do you have any trouble with memory and knowing your surroundings? Cale answered no. Do you need help with bathing, dressing, toileting, eating? He answered no. Which, he doesn’t need full help with all of them, but still some. There were a few more and with all of them, he answered as though he had no problems with anything…I of course made sure to put the appropriate answers on mine!

After she left, we had about an hour to finish getting Cale ready (because we definitely didn’t have time before!), and pay for day parking. That was easy-no worries about time. Well, I checked with the front desk to see if we were going to be moving rooms today…and they said yes. So, with the rest of the time I moved all our bags to the new room and had to clean and check out of our old one. At the same time, the PT showed up! Yikes! I did everything as quickly as I could and thankfully Cale’s new PT is super sweet and understanding! She talked with him while I finished with the old room and then we took a tour of the place we’re staying.

First, I am SO excited that Cale is getting therapy again…especially through this agency. They are totally set up with an out of the box mind set. It’s going to be good…real good! We are so blessed that his Medboard hasn’t been completed and that for now we have this option! Praise God!

Second, I’ve only met one of the therapists so far, and she’s amazing. I have a feeling they’re all going to be that way!

Third, look what he played with today…

We went into a wellness room here to start out and then she ended up having Cale walk around while steering this Jeep. Now, because of the bad taste of therapy that Cale has, I wasn’t sure how this session was going to go, especially with all of the questions I knew he was going to be asked, but guess what? He did great! He had a smile on his face the entire time! He loved it for a while and then let us know when he was done. I’m so proud of him and so thankful for his attitude today! He also went up and down over 20 stairs!!

So incredibly awesome!

Then, after PT, it was time to eat and then boogie! There’s a shuttle that goes from here to UW that I wanted to give a try. I was a little nervous because I was incredibly confused, but I knew all I would need to do was ask for help, and that’s just what I did! The shuttle is nice because it saves on gas, but it takes a really long time to get to and from the hospital. On the way home it was almost an hour and a half…which doesn’t go over so well with Cale. We go from here to another stop and have about a 10 minute wait and then we go to UW, but on the way back, his appointment finished and we had to wait for the next shuttle and do everything again. Not too bad though. We had fun taking pictures at one of our stops…

The shuttle; we haven't decided if it's our friend yet!

Mr. Darling. Isn't he so handsome?!

Mrs. Darling. Cale was trying to get himself in the perfect position when he took this!


…and don’t we look so pretty? Heehee!

The front desk has DVD players and movies to borrow, so I think tonight is a movie night for us! :)


  1. God is good !!! So happy he is getting therapy and that he had FUN ! Trace is always saying that work (school) should be fun- it it's not there is something wrong!!!! I think Caleb would agree with him ;) So blessed to hear how blessed you are !! love ya <3 Reenie ((()))

  2. I love being a part of your day. Thank you. You are one of my favorite people. I am glad Cale had a better day and the therapists seemed nice. I love you, Marion

  3. You could try to contact the Department of Transportation and see if they issue a temporary parking permit.


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