This is Catherine back again…
Today is Day 29 of our journey with our son Ben. At 12.45 today it was four weeks since our world was sent into a new orbit. He had twelve days in ICU, seventeen days on the neurology ward but on Monday he is starting his third and hopefully final stage. He will be moved by ambulance across the road to the Mardon Neuro-Rehabilitation Centre. The plan is for him to be there for 10-12 weeks. Yes, still a very long journey of which we have only completed a quarter. Easter is likely to be well and truly over by the time he is ready to come home. God is good getting Ben into Mardon as there is a waiting list but they have prioritised Ben as a bed has become available. The Mardon Centre is for stroke victims or others who need occupational therapy, physiotherapy and general cognitive rehabilitation. He will have a small flat to himself, a timetable to follow for his programme within the Centre. He will have communal meals (he is under a dietician as he has lost so much weight, a result of hearing his Dad’s terminal diagnosis) and a garden to wander in. We are visiting it with him this afternoon. Please pray he adjusts well. He knows he is not ready for home yet but slightly daunted by the length of time it involves. Visiting is restricted so we need to adjust to that. He is really needing rehab from the original fall in July, so six months worth. The full diagnosis has yet to be made, but they are thinking it is epilepsy plus an as yet undiagnosed condition. Ben is over the moon not to have the blood thinning injection in his stomach; he hated that with a passion
A few hours later….
The visit to Mardon went well. We noticed that St Leonards, a great local church, are holding a service there tomorrow. This is a church with which we are familiar and also where two of Ben’s friends – a couple with whom Dabi is staying – are members. I think they hold a service there once a month so a shame Ben just misses it but great it will be there for him next month. We all feel this is going to be a very positive step. And the best thing – free Wifi! Ben is ecstatic.