Rehabilitation is care after an accident, a surgery, or stroke that can help get back, keep, or improve abilities that are needed for daily life. Since the end of January, Peter has been in rehab facilities for a total of ten weeks. He is now in his fourth rehab institution for an undetermined period of time.
Because of Covid restrictions, I could not visit at all at the first one (though I did drop off treats regularly); at the second I could visit, but I had to take a covid test each time. At the third, I could visit every day by myself as long as I wore a mask they gave me and answered questions about Covid symptoms daily. In Peter's current rehab, I can visit every afternoon but Friday and Sunday for forty minutes IF I make an appointment in advance.
Making sure that Peter is getting the help he needs in rehab is my new full-time job, a job I didn’t apply for. My heart goes out to all those who work so hard to help people get their lives back. For the most part, they are kind and caring. But it takes an advocate to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks.
And that’s me.