Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Cheryll has a meeting with the staff here at rehab on Friday morning and at the same time I will be in Tauranga with our ACC Manager looking at what happens when we get home. So hopefully we'll be able to make some decisions soon re Joel's discharge.

One of the other clients in Joel's house is leaving for home tomorrow and he has asked if he can give Joel a small present and a hug when he leaves..why? Coz he said that he has so enjoyed having Joel in the house because he has been friendly,  he has enjoyed his sense of humour and that he is willing to share serious stuff as well. It seems the boy is having an affect on those around him.

As far as Joel's progress...he is now allowed to walk around the house without a 'minder' watching his every step. This is what I have been waiting for as it means he doesn't need 24/7 attendance.

This coming weekend we are heading away again to Nana and Poppas so there is no point in any pilgrims making plans to visit Joel. His weekend trips help prepare him for living 'normally' in a family situation but there will certainly be a need for visitors when we get home!

Another day closer...


Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord!! - Keep up all that huge effort Joel and you will achieve your goal!! Janice

Russell.Heidi Cathcart said...

Thanks for keeping up the updates, I love reading about Joel's progress, although it makes me miss being at work!
A couple of thoughts have been going through my head over the last few days as I've read the latest updates. From my experience as an OT, rehab professionals can have very set ideas about what a person needs to be able to do in order to be "safe" at home. I just want to remind you guys that you know Joel best, you know what he was doing before, and only you can know what he needs to be able to do in order for you all to cope having him home. For example, you mentioned laundry on Monday, was Joel doing this before, if not, then does he really need to learn to do it before he goes home?
Anyway, I guess I just want to encourage you to decide what is important for you. Its okay to disagree with the "professionals" and say that some of the goals they suggest are not important. Its also okay to suggest your own goals for Joel.
Well, thats all from me for today.
We will keep you all in our prayers
Heidi (and Russell)

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