Today was the first day of therapy for Mom. The therapy that Mom will receive is designed to show her how to live every day life and how to strengthen key muscles while following spinal precautions. The spinal precautions are no bending, no lifting and no twisting - easily remembered by BLT. Mom mainly had baseline evaluations for both occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) today. She learned a few stretches and exercises during her physical therapy session that she can do on her own to start "waking up" the muscles again.
Mom got her new custom brace today and it is actually pretty comfortable considering it is basically a plastic mold of her torso. I will try to put a picture up when I get a chance, but it basically looks like a strapless corset with a hole in the front middle part of it. There is a lambs wool type of insert that goes in the chest area of the brace to make it more comfortable. This insert can be replaced by a neoprene insert so that she can wear the brace in the shower. This brace makes Mom feel a lot more secure and she has less pain with it. She has even taken to wearing it in bed because of the extra support it provides. She isn't required to wear a brace when laying down, but that is her preference for now.
Gramme and Grandaddy (Mom's parents for those of you that don't know) came to visit her in the hospital. It was a nice visit because Mom was doing particularly well at the time they came to visit. I think they were surprised to see how well she was doing and what good spirits she is in. It is absolutely remarkable that she is in the condition she is considering it hasn't even been a week since her major surgery. I had the pleasure of going to dinner with Gramme and Grandaddy after their visit. It was great to be able to catch up and socialize a bit.
I am so glad Mom got into this program because it has been so informative already and she has only received the baseline evaluations so far. I look forward to the knowledge that tomorrow's therapy sessions will bring.