Our conviction in the efficacy of his recovery efforts is a gentle but hugely significant paradigm shift.
I have referenced how beneficial it has been in working with Theo to have had a background in managing architectural projects. Despite this journey’s unexpected nature, I’ve found its stages to roughly follow those of a design/construction project. I now see that in the beginning when we were all in shock, our work had to do with understanding the issues; we learned all we could about spinal cord injuries and how the medical community – doctors, PTs, hospitals, insurance, etc. – worked with the patients. We did this amid the chaos in a world of unknowns, conflicting directives, and completely new protocols.
Once we had a fairly good understanding of the parameters, we began to design a plan for rehabilitation that included both traditional and alternative approaches that we had researched. This was the exploratory phase, when we met with different experts and tested various techniques to see what benefitted Theo the most. We tried several approaches to acupuncture, evaluated options to adapt elements of the local gym, experimented with numerous breathing techniques and worked to devise a weekly schedule of the most efficient and comprehensive healing activities. Theo copiously tracked the specifics and our combined observations led us to fine-tune the plan, weeding out those that took too much time for the payoff.
Knowing full well that each stage incorporates elements of former stages – we will always be researching other therapies and optimizing the routine – the regimen we have in place has clearly shown results and therefore we are transitioning from the investigative-design-testing stages to the execution-of-what-works stage.
This is a building’s construction phase, during which the project team follows the specified plan, making adjustments along the way while maintaining focus on the goal of completion. Similarly, we have a plan in place for this section of the recovery and the hard work now for Theo, and for his family, is to put in many hours of effort every day to fulfill that vision. The anxieties and uncertainties of the research and design phases have largely been replaced by the stresses and excitements of the physically fatiguing and mentally rigorous workouts. While this implementation phase is more of a routine than it has ever been, it is no less demanding…but our project team is committed for the long haul!
All along this course, your supportive comments have given us encouragement. While the work of the phases shifts, the heartwarming effect of kind wishes remains constant. Our thanks. Susan