Update on Josh...Working Hard!
Josh has been working hard this summer! But he has been playing hard too. After we left the Polytrauma Rehab Center in San Antonio we spent the Fourth of July with family at the lake in Alabama. Then it was home to Arkansas to get back to work with rehab.
Unfortunately the VA has been unable to get any therapy scheduled yet. They are sending us outside the VA for treatment at UAMS (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) which involves a third outside contractor to coordinate and schedule treatment. This level of bureaucracy and lack of competition create a process that is excruciatingly slow and frustrating.
Early this summer we heard about a program in Dallas called REACT Neuro Rehab. REACT offers veterans recovering from traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries a two week intensive PT experience. We just returned from our two week stay and it was incredible. Josh did great and the environment there was a perfect fit for him. Not only do they provide the PT he needs but they also emphasize strength development and do it in a gym type atmosphere. Josh was right at home! He was surrounded by people who, like him, were fighting their way back. It became apparent to me that in this environment Josh was the "norm" and I was the one who was different. It was a special time for both of us!