My Father’s Neurological Rehabilitation
I was a little nervous as I wait for the doctor to explain to me the prognosis of my father’s condition. We found him slump over his chair during our last visit. As he has been very active and quite independent, he lives alone. He gets visited by a cleaning lady every week to do his chores and to prepare his meals for a week. And, since we live only a few blocks away, we never really minded nor were alarmed over having him live by himself even if he is already 68 years old.
It was a good thing that we visited that day since it would be a good three days before his cleaning lady would visit. If not, he would have been in that condition for a day, which, as the doctor later explained, could be fatal.
Dad had an aneurysm, something that I didn’t really expect him to have since he’s been pretty compliant with his regular check-ups and his doctor’s orders.
Still a little bit in a daze, I listened to the doctor explain to me that apart from his usual medicine, my father would need some neurological rehabilitation if he still wants to function well. His left side of the body is paralyzed. Of course, another option would be to forego it altogether and just have him live in a home until his last days.
But, I know my father. He would not allow himself to deteriorate just like that. Besides, his brothers (all six of them!) have lived up to their 90’s. Although, technically, my dad’s just their half-brother (my grandmother is my grandfather’s second wife), he still expects to live until that age, and to be quite useful until his 80’s.
That was his first concern when he regained his consciousness, how he will be able to function. He wasn’t concern whether he will die soon or not. He kind of expected that he’ll live long. Quite optimistic, isn’t he? He just didn’t want to be incapacitated while living a few more decades.
He still has his spirit. His speech is a bit slurred but he’s still pretty much understandable to us. But, he insists that he provide him speech therapy, as well.
Since my father has a substantive assets earning to his name (it was good for him to invest on real estate properties that he’s now leasing out), he insists on the full range of neurological therapy interventions. And, he doesn’t expect to be objected to on his decision. The spunk of that old man! Makes me proud.
So, aside from his neurologist and cardiologist, we got him several rehabilitation specialists: speech/language therapist, physical therapist, and occupational therapist. We also got him a registered dietitian to properly plan his diet. His cleaning lady/cook would still stay but she will no longer be cooking for him for now until she learns how to prepare all those that the dietitian recommended for dad.
Our visits would be more frequent, as well. And, he will be brought to our home by his therapist at least once a week for two days so he can interact with my kids (which will be good for him).
I would have preferred that he stays with us, but he wants to remain “independent.” So be it.