There haven’t been many updates about function, until tonight. The student OT was there working with Brooke, while some good friends were setting out various dishes for dinner; Peggy was at home, catching up on piles of work. The OT tried something new: an arm skate, just a little piece of wood with four small casters screwed to the bottom, set on the smooth surface of the tray table over the bed. The arm and hand rest on the top of the skate, and you try, try to move it back, forth, back. It takes triceps and biceps, muscles that for Brooke have been completely nonfunctional for the past 14 months, and which he’d been told he’d never have the use of. But this is a wonderful never-give-up OT, working on the left hand. Here’s what the dinner guests said in an e-mail they sent me after they got home:
…the time with Brooke was positively thrilling. The movement of his left arm was stupendous, amazing, wonderful, unbelievable--and a whole host of adjectives I can't summon up at 11:45.