Chris told me that after he has finished his morning and afternoon therapy sessions that there is not much else to do but watch TV...and nap.
When I arrived he and a staff member were trying to get his TV headphones working. He was visibly annoyed because watching the Tube is a big part of his day. I noticed that the wires on his headphone had been schmucked..
Much to his surprise and delight I said a very bad word, grabbed them from him, tossed them in the garbage, and took out the "good headphones" from the bedside drawer, and Ta-Da! The other headphones worked perfectly!
I repeat this story only to emphasize what an important device and distraction the TV has become. Here is a Chris-Eye view..
As I mentioned Chris was glad to return to the ward where there is commotion and routine...just not-so-much at this time of the day.
He said that there wasn't any "ambience" in the apartment and that it was lonely. This is something which we all need to pay attention to since his release is imminent.
I have not yet heard whether Chris will be moving on to the other Lifeskills facility for a few more months of training and rehab. If he isn't, in a few weeks he may be going "home" to his new apartment. For obvious reasons we're moving his residence from the burbs to a central location which is closer to the rest of his family...very, very, close.
I drove home with all the windows down..it was a gorgeous, warm, evening and I could not stop thinking that he may never be able to drive again.
We talked about that because I am guarding his car and I asked him what he wanted me to do with it. He said,"let's wait and see what happens. I may never drive again..pause..but who knows what could happen right?"
He has these insightful moments. Even though his short term memory is still constantly "shorting-out" on him, Chris does talk about the "big picture".