I am sitting here at my home computer. Yes, home. Cole and I have returned safely. And although Piper went for an accidental swim one night in our absence, and though I had to rush Buddy (our little chihuahua/terrier) to the Vet Clinic last night because Piper saw fit to take a bite out of his neck and ear, for the most part the house is in order. So here I sit in luxury with a portable heater to keep my feet and exposed ankles warm, coupled with ‘Rachmaninoff fan radio’ streaming from Pandora’s box. Brian is in his 7p.m. position on the couch (eyes closed), Cole is finishing his dinner, and Esther is off yonder-armed with a new driver’s license and a willing accomplice…her vehicle. And today I have decided it would be a blatant injustice to not return Cole to San Jose for another week of intensified treatment. Brian agrees. Cole is on the fence–for two reasons only.
- He doesn’t want to be away from Piper for another week.
- The treatment is a lot of work, and it’s exhausting.
I guess the treatment, for Cole, is akin to having hemorrhoids post childbirth. After birth, you have in your life a new bundle of joy, with hopes and promises for the future. Yet the whole process of bearing-down has left you with a sore anal sphincter. But does the memory of the pain override your biological nature, and keep you from further pro-creation? Of course not–at least not from the act of trying! 🙂 I know, I know…Cole wouldn’t describe his comprehensive acupuncture treatment using the same metaphorical approach as I have, but I’m sure the women reading this will get it!
The photos I am including in this post showcase more of the facility, as well as Dr. Moyee working alongside Cole by massaging and exercising the muscles in his face and eyes that have lay dormant these past 8 months. The fact that they are waking up and showing signs of new life are so exciting! He can feel his face, he can feel his foot, he can move his eye balls left and almost right. I cannot ignore this renaissance!! Nor can Brian (and in truth, nor can Cole). Even his physical therapist today said she noticed an improved coordination on his left side–the side effected by his stroke incident! There is also a photo of Dr. Moyee guiding Cole on his balance and gait. To not return to the same intensive, hands on, comprehensive care, I feel would NOT be a prudent decision. …one more week, Cole, one more week!
The photo of the ‘Oscar Mayer Wienermobile’ is just an added bonus–our prelude before the Grapevine. It kind of reminds me of what an actual hemorrhoid looks like, so its placement here is appropriate, though the reasoning not so much… What can I say, things in life seem to always point me toward some kind of hole! 🙂