Thursday, August 01, 2013

Getting Up, Lacing Up

Thomas woke this morning but I didn't hear much out of him like I normally do. I was really wondering how his night had gone with the new higher dose of Geodon and how he was feeling this morning. I continued to make his breakfast and then wandered into his room to look for him.

As I walked down the hall I saw work boots with feet in them and Thomas hunched over lacing the
m up. When I came into his room he was heavily and methodically tying the laces on his boots. I asked him how he was feeling and he mumbled in a very sleepy, sedated voice that he was tired. What struck me most was that in spite of feeling like that he was out of bed and in his work clothes and putting on work boots and willingly facing his day!

I told him how proud I was of him that he was moving forward into his day in spite of feeling so tired and I said that if he could just show his face at work that would be good and respectful and then if the sedation became worse (he had to take another pill this morning so it'll sneak up on him pretty soon) then he could let his boss know that he needed to go home.

This is what I love about where he works now. They know what he struggles with and will make allowances for it without batting an eyelash and he will be able to readjust to his life without feeling like he's got SO MUCH responsibility that he might lose his job because he's too sedated.

So, he got up today and he laced up those work boots, he ate breakfast, took his meds, is cheerful and is kicked back on the couch a tired, sedated young man but he's heading in to work.

I'm very proud of him.

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