It’s been a long time since we visited. There’s been a lot going on in our lives, and I wanted to let you know what Anthony has been up to. As some of you might already know, we’ve been home since Sept. 7. Although we’re home, Anthony’s journey to recovery continues. I have to say our lives are rich with hope, prayer, family, friends and daily activities that strengthen our family and our view of life.
I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I’d like to give you a glimpse of want our day looks like, how hard Anthony is working and the loving and caring people who have surrounded Anthony. Together they are leading Anthony down his road of recovery.
Of course, getting back to Charleston and settling in is important. Thanks to Carolina Services Inc. and Ed Tarr, our house is very wheelchair friendly and comfortable. At first, being back home made us comfortable. However, I quickly began to realize the comfort Anthony, Kim and I felt was not going to be an asset to Anthony’s recovery. It was good to feel a certain amount of tranquility, which was not something any of us had felt in a very long time. This sense of tranquility brought on a sense of peace. But peace is not going to push us down the road of recovery. I thought we needed to feel like we were sitting on the edge of our seat. We needed to be a little anxious, mixed with a desire and drive. After being home for a few weeks, I realized why the Shepherd Center, weeks before Anthony left, talked about returning, about other patients who had left and come back after a few months at home. I believe when you leave the environment of a rehabilitation hospital, it’s easy to feel comfortable – too comfortable. The drive and anxiousness to get better and participate in rehabilitation must be carried home.
After being home for a short time, Kim and I began to focus on being more aggressive and assemble a rehabilitation team.
Next – GETTING BETTER FROM HOME BASE
Anthony’s new home-based team.