Saturday, October 31, 2009


Today being Hallowe'en, I thought that I would surprise Chris with a visit from Doctor McScreamy!

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Scarrrrry stuff eh?

Don't worry he'll pay me back in spades when he gets back online :)

Anyway, I assured Chris that I was there to give him a routine check-up.

I told Chris that I couldn't find anything
wrong with him but just to be sure,

I was putting him on my home-made medication for the next few weeks.

Now just to prove that Chris was unharmed during the making of this posting, here he is with the treats I brought along to bribe him into playing along with my dorky  trick.

Chris assured me that he is making great strides in physio while he "patient"-ly awaits his release.

His roomate (and credible eye-witness Bob), who was kind enough to take these photos, concurred with Chris's prognosis.

Hang in there Chris.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Chris went to see his new apartment while a review of the necessities and alterations were discussed with staff and family members.

Chris had been tentatively scheduled to be released in a few days but he wisely decided to stay and work on his physio for a few more weeks.

His physical progress is remarkable and he understands that the more he is able to manage his day-to-day activities with his walker the better off he'll be.

I'm not certain if a release date is etched in stone but Chris seems to be fine with the idea of bolstering his mobility capabilities before he goes home.

The good news is that he'll be home for CHRISmas.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Why don't I meet you at the gym and we'll go out for coffee?
How bromantic? 

This morning I found Chris nasalscaping
"Aw jeez Chris, you don't have to bother doing that for m...",

"it's not for you (very bad words)!". 

Then it was off for a workout which the staff was kind enough to let me shoot...
and then it was off to the cafeteria for a cup of coffee before Lunch.

Today I'm going to just let the pictures do the talking....

                                it's awesome isn't it?


Monday, October 12, 2009


Chris will be moving to a new apartment..probably within the next few weeks. He will be in the same block as his Mom & Dad.

He will receive homecare from a consortium of  family members and trained professionals, and attend ongoing therapy at the nearby St. Boniface Hospital. Chris told me that he is on the hurry up and wait program. Naturally he wants to escape living in the fishbowl.

I should probably come clean about the extent of his memory incapacitation...
I am guilty of glossing over how much this stroke has damaged his short term memory. Today I asked him about it.

Chris said that his short term memory is fine and that his long term memory is poor.

However he described, in great detail,  the appearance of an old College friend who found me on Facebook this week,  but asked me three times if I was having Thanksgiving Dinner today.

So I told him that his short term is worrisome and his long term is surprisingly acute. So the fact that Chris has some trouble recognising this reveals a great deal.

Of course he can carry on an intelligent conversation and discuss certain recent events, but at times forgets what was said. This of course does present some serious implications about being on his own to any extent, but the decision has been made, and it wasn't unanimous, that Chris is going to get a chance to try living in his own apartment. 

Chris seems to acknowledge that if this doesn't work out, that for his own safety, he will then move into a personal care home. I suspect that this will become self evident and that it will need to be constantly monitored and re-assessed on a day-to-day basis.

Who is to say that in the near future he won't make strides in rerouting his synaptic pathways. From what I understand many of the professionals have expressed concern that this may very well be as good as it gets....but others keep saying that it is still too early to tell.

I defer to my nagging optimism and choose to believe that Chris is going to give it his best shot. I asked him what he thinks a typical day would be like..he said that he wants to sleep in until 9 and then he will start blogging and maybe watch some TV. Chris said that he thinks that blogging and answering emails will keep him really busy and connected to the outside world.

I asked him again if he had tried reading anything..he said that he was tired of reading because he has been proofreading for a living for 3 decades..I asked him if he can retain what he reads and just sort of nodded. He said why do I need to read when I can watch TV and let someone else do it for me?

I'm fairly certain  that he doesn't grasp the logistics of it all..but I'm a kinetic learner so I know what that sort of existance need to actually do it to figure it out.

Chris deserves a chance to find out, this might not be the perfect time or even a good time but his patience with his present routines  and environment has all but expired..he seems to have focussed on getting out and is losing interest in many of his least that is what he told me. You can guess that there is a lot more to his predicament but this is as far as I am willing to discuss the matter.

After my nosey prodding Chris and I joked around for about an hour. He thrives on trash-talkin' me in front of the staff. When an orderly asked if he needed anything Chris replied Yes a new friend because this bozo is such a (bad word) and then he laughs and laughs. Which is great because he has spent decades mercilessly ribbing me.

Chris always called me Goofball or Nerd-Boy and (bad word) as a term of endearment.
It's a guy-thing, I know that he loves me. 
He is an incorrigible tease.

So as soon as I find out when he will be moving I will be sure to document the event. This is another huge step and once again Chris is entering unchartered territory, but considering the past five months, it is a Thanksgiving Gift. 

Monday, October 5, 2009

This weekend I caught Chris reading "the Paper"!

Chris hasn't really done much reading since his stroke so I made a big deal out of it and congratulated him. Our football team won a game the night before and I think that he wanted to see what his workmates had written about it.

I was at the game so I threw a Bomber cap on his head and showed him my phonecam shots of the experience. I apologise for the quality of these images..
let's just say that technology was uncooperative today :)

You'll notice here that Chris is giving the universal "thumbs-UP" sign with his right hand.

It was chilly outside but we ventured out-of-doors for a stroll and some fresh air.

As you can see I let him go on and on about the flowers, for those of you who might not know this, Chris is quite a knowledgeable gardener.

There is a chance of snow flurries this week so it seemed like a good idea to "dig" the garden.

We wandered about and admired many of the statues and monuments on the grounds.

Chris desperately wanted to take a picture of me for this entry so while I was interpreting the symbollism of these vestigial icons honoring our Colonial past,

he kept laughing and taking pictures of my feet!
He finally snapped a "keeper" just as I was reaching for his neck.

We got together a few times last week and Chris was always in a good mood..all things considered. He seemed positive and as usual his mindset is very straight-forward.
Chris just wants to go home.

I have not heard whether or not he will be moving on to another facility for extra life-skills preparation or when/if he is being released in the next week or so? I will certainly post anything that I find out.

Chris really appreciates all of the visitors and phone calls so please continue to connect :)