So it Begins
The hospital gets you well enough to transfer to Rehab.
Rehab gets you well enough to go home.
1. Don't expect a miracle. You are still in the earliest stage of your recovery, there is no quick fix. You are still going to feel overwhelmed mentally, emotionally and physically.
2. You will share your rehab with other patients so the doctors and therapists will assign you to a schedule of different types of therapy each day. Sometimes you will have one-on-one therapy, other times you will be part of group therapy sessions.
3. If you can write, take notes. You are going to be learning a lot of new phrases and language associated with your injury and recovery. If you can not write, ask a nurse to jot down notes for you.
4. Consider starting a journal. This will help you as you learn to express your feelings. And there will be a lot of them. We were told that it's like going through the grieving process. If you can't write or type onto a tablet ask for a recorder.
5. If rehab offers a support group or counselor - take it.
6. Accept help graciously. Receiving help is the beginning of your recovery. Don't worry, once you can do a task without help, you will be encouraged to do so.
7. In rehab depending on where you are so far in your recovery will depend on the types of therapy you will receive. The goal is to get you well enough to go home.
8. Expect that insurance may not pay for the length of time you feel you need to remain in rehab. But try not to get discouraged, rehab will set you up with In-Home Therapy before you leave.
9. You will probably leave rehab in a (insurance covered) rental wheelchair , later you will meet with a company that will be providing you with the wheelchair your insurance will cover for ownership.
10. While in rehab if you have any questions or concerns speak up, they want to help you as much as possible. Ask for information, pamphlets, books, links to websites and specialists that are related to your type of SCI.