RJ Brudenell (azoth) wrote,
RJ Brudenell
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Consistency.



Whenever I feel a twitch or a twinge from my dad's body as I massage him, manipulate his limbs or stretch his joints, I don't mention it. But I do keep a mental log of it.

If I feel the same movement again, that's when I point it out.

For the past week I've noticed that the toes of his right foot have felt distinctly cooler than those of his left. Accordingly, I've spent about an hour each day working those toes, massaging them, pulling them apart and tracing the tendons from toe to ankle.

Three days ago I mentioned to my dad's physiotherapist that I'd felt a toe twitch. More than once.

Today, Dad demonstrated conscious and consistent control of his second toe, with some minor movement from the third and fourth toes. Although the latter wasn't consistent.

Every recovery story that I've read concerning Locked-In Syndrome speaks of movement starting around day 60. Today is Dad's 61st day.
Tags: dad, locked-in syndrome
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