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Wednesday Update: 10/26/05

Blessing for the day:
We made it to Younker safe and sound and are all settled in!! We got here a little before noon. Matt is in room Powell 469. You can get to it easiest by going to the south entrance, off Woodland Ave. Go in the Powell doors, under the big blue awning and take the elevators to the 4th floor. From there, turn right and go left around the divided hallway. We are down the hall a little ways.

We were visited by the physical therapist and occupational therapist this afternoon. They were just checking him out and getting their initial evaluation started. They wrote out a schedule for Matt and posted it in the room for him. It’s going to keep him pretty busy most of the day, up until 4:00 PM. While he is going to have a few breaks during the day, he will need them to rest up. It is best to visit Matt between 4-8 PM. Right now, he gets pretty tired around 7:30 or so. Hopefully, as he gets stronger he won’t be tired that early and will be ok having visits later in the evening. He is going to have therapy 7 days a week as well, and the weekend schedule will be different than during the day. I assume he’ll still be done by 4:00 PM, but will let you know the schedule as soon as I have it.

Matt and I are really excited to be here. Already, we feel sooo much better. It’s quiet here, and comfortable. I just know he’s going to be more at ease. The nurses and therapists seem really nice and helpful so far and the Physiatrist stopped by to check on him as well. He saw Matt back in the CCU, and was very happy to hear all the progress that he has made since then. And really, he’s only had 3 weeks of real therapy…think of all the strides he’s made in that short time period!!! I’m looking forward to seeing how the next few days go. I am thinking that I’ll be able to go to work next week for a few hours each day while Matt is having his therapy. It’ll be good to get back in to a normal routine with some work! I can’t wait!!!

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Hi Emily and Matt,

I won't get to come by Younker Rehab on Friday (tommorrow). Had some minor foot surgery today (Thursday) and have to go for a CT scan Friday am at Mercy Capitol. The docs are telling me to stay off the foot as much as possible.

Know that y'all will be in my prayers! I'll try to get over to see you when I come back from vacation (out all next week).

We love you guys!

Pastor Dean

Rev. J. Dean McNamara
Senior Pastor
Westover Baptist Church
Des Moines, IA

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